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PALM COAST, Fla. -- A 12-year-old boy spotted a young raccoon stuck in a tree in Palm Coast Friday morning.

With the help of the Flagler County Sheriff's deputies, the raccoon is now free to wander the streets again.

The boy spied the stranded raccoon as he was walking to his bus stop around 7 a.m. onFlorida Park Drive.

The small raccoon's back right leg was wedged between two large branches of a crape myrtle tree.

Deputy Bret Wood arrived on the scene and used a car jack from his patrol car to separate the branches far enough apart to free the animal's leg.

The raccoon was aggressive towards Wood, but no one was injured.

In an effort to encourage the animal to escape the tree, Deputy Daniel Parthemore stepped in and gently lifted the raccoon's leg with his extendable baton.

"The raccoon then departed the area and appeared to be in good health," Deputy Wood said.

After being freed from the three the raccoon looked back as if saying "thank you" to its rescuers as it departed the area.

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