Dray McMillon and his two boys, 14-year-old Daiton and 12-year-old Rylen, returned home to Texas earlier this week following a family trip. With only a few hours of daylight remaining, the two lads decided to go exploring in the surrounding woods.
Daiton and Rylen stumbled found many animal burrows along the route, one of which had collapsed. But it wasn’t completely empty.
“They discovered a raccoon in the hole about 2 to 3 feet below. McMillon told The Dodo that only his head and front legs were visible. “The lads phoned me right away and informed me what they had discovered.”
The raccoon was buried alive after the burrow collapsed.
It’s unknown how long the raccoon had been trapped in the hole, unable to escape. Daiton and Rylen, on the other hand, had located him in time and realized they had to assist.
They dashed home and grabbed their father, directing him to the location.
“The raccoon was struggling for oxygen when I arrived,” McMillon added. “Watching this animal suffer was heartbreaking. My youngsters were determined that the animal had to be saved.”
McMillon and his boys painstakingly dug the raccoon out with a shovel and their hands. They contacted the Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as darkness fell, and volunteers were dispatched to aid.
The distressed raccoon was eventually released after everyone worked hard to save his life:
Fortunately, the raccoon was well enough to be released shortly after, except from weariness. Daiton and Rylen stood there watching as the animal they’d fought so hard to save walked away, alive and free, due to their efforts.
“I could see my guys’ sense of achievement,” McMillon added. “They were ecstatic that the animal had been safely released.”
If Daiton and Rylen hadn’t found him and persisted in preserving his life, the raccoon’s fate might have been quite different. They’re simply thankful to have been in the right location at the right moment to assist.
“They expressed their joy with me when we went back to the house,” McMillon added. “I could tell this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them.”