Petco employees in Maine were asked to clip an unusual customer’s nails after a woman brought a wild raccoon into the store to get its nails clipped.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife shared in a Facebook post that this was not a good idea and illegal. The agency initially said that the woman potentially exposed people to rabies when she brought the mammals into the pet store on Tuesday, May 23.
“It is illegal to possess wildlife in Maine, and Petco does not trim raccoon nails,” the wildlife agency said in a Facebook post, noting she “potentially exposed herself and others to rabies.”
While she waited in the store in Auburn, Maine, people’s curiosity got the best of them, and they held the raccoon with some even kissing it, officials said.
“Many different people handled the raccoon and some even kissed it,” officials said.
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Eventually, the store manager caught wind of the wild raccoon and asked the unidentified woman with the raccoon to leave the store.
The store manager promptly called the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Maine Warden Service since officials did not know if the raccoon had exposed unsuspecting…