According to a study conducted by Duke University, the average American throws away close to four and a half pounds of garbage everyday, but what happens when one man’s trash becomes another mammal’s nightmare?
Last week, a juvenile raccoon was taken to Blue Ridge Wildlife Center for severe injuries to its tail.
“About two inches of tail was left in tact and the rest — the skin had been degloved and there was severe infection and muscle damage. So, it is not a good situation. There had been a really clean cut on the skin, which is why I expected a wire or constriction injury,” said Dr. Jennifer Riley, director of vet services, Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.