A shaken raccoon got stuck on a fourth-floor Manhattan ledge for hours Friday, drawing a large crowd of onlookers before cops in a bucket elevator could get him to safety.
Police arrived at 21 West 16th Street around 1:30 p.m., after the masked marauder apparently climbed up the Chelsea building’s drain pipe only to be too scared to go back down.
“It looked like he was having a bad day, like he had a hangover,” said resident Eric Jeng, who was working at home when he heard a commotion outside his apartment.
At first, Jeng was confused by the growing group of people stopping to look at his building, and then he spotted the creature on the windowsill a floor below.
“Eventually the raccoon goes up another level to my windowsill and gets stuck there next to my air conditioning unit,” he reminded The Post.
The tired animal could be seen pushing itself against Jeng’s window, trying to hide in plain sight from the officers and onlookers below.
“He looked tired,” Jeng pointed out. “He kept hiding his head from everyone.”
The entire ordeal lasted nearly two hours, Jeng said, as officers from the NYPD’s Emergency Response Service Unit considered the best means of rescuing the cowering raccoon.
“At some point I thought ‘what’s going to happen?'” Recalls Jeng.
Two officers lifted on a bucket loader were finally able to tie up the bandit and bring him down safely, as the crowd of about 50 cheered and cheered.
Jeng, who said she had never seen a raccoon in her neighborhood before, noted how the cops were careful in their rescue operation, opting to use the elevator and grab the animal from outside rather than throw it out a window.
“In theory, we could have grabbed my raccoon from my other window, but they were afraid … that if he got out of the loop with his hands he would fall off,” Jeng said.
“So the cops took it very safely and they brought a bridge truck and sent two guys there and they took it pretty quickly, since they had everything sorted out.”
He added: “It was a happy ending to the story.”
“It was just one of those New York moments.”