Drunk Sailor Wrangles Raccoon, Regrets It

 

Artist's depiction of a raccoon. The Pendleton Raccoon was reportedly found rooting through trash.

Artist’s depiction of a raccoon. The Pendleton Raccoon was reportedly found rooting through trash.

Drunk Sailor Wrangles Raccoon, Regrets It

In the early hours of September 15th, a Naval officer stationed at Camp Pendleton stepped out of a bar and into the Oceanside, California darkness. The man, whose name does not appear in any report, entered his car, where he sat briefly in the driver’s seat. The vehicle, which was equipped with a breathalyzer interlock system, did not start. This would suggest the man was too intoxicated to legally drive.

The unnamed sailor left his vehicle on foot towards a nearby park, where he came upon a creature, described as a raccoon. According to the official report (scanned copy below), the man caught the animal while it was rooting through garbage. He carried it to his vehicle, where he wrestled it inside and maneuvered the breathalyzer into its mouth.

He then squeezed the creature, presumably in a bellows-like manner, until the airflow was great enough for the breathalyzer to determine the raccoon’s sobriety. By this point, the creature had lost consciousness, and the man dropped it to the floorboard of his car and began driving.

After a period of unconsciousness in the moving vehicle, the creature awoke and attacked the drunk man, biting and scratching his face, torso, arms, and hands. The man was so caught off-guard by the assault that he drove his car through a fence and into an in-ground swimming pool.

The Pendleton Raccoon may share many traits with this common raccoon.

The Pendleton Raccoon may share many traits with this common raccoon.

Camp Pendleton’s 1st. Lt. Savannah Frank reached out to the police in Oceanside in an attempt to confirm the report. He stated that police seemed “entertained” by his query, and denied the incident had ever occurred. According to the police department and Camp Pendleton officials, the whole thing is a “hoax.” In addition to this, many news publications have been quick to label the story fake.

One wildlife expert told the Huffington Post“I have never squeezed a raccoon or used a breathalyzer, but I doubt it’s possible to pick up a raccoon without being injured,” adding, “They’ll bite the mess out of you.” 

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that if you try to pick up a raccoon, “You will bleed.” However, the official report states that the man was injured after his initial encounter with the raccoon, and not when first handling it. Some believe this fact of raccoon behavior is evidence that the whole thing is a hoax.

Pendleton Raccoon Incident Report. Background displays Eye of Providence inside a pyramid.

Pendleton Raccoon Incident Report. Background displays Eye of Providence inside a pyramid.

Still, is it possible that there is more to this story? Did this man encounter something he wasn’t supposed to in those pre-dawn hours; something which was initially friendly but then turned hostile? Perhaps it was something that wasn’t a raccoon at all? Could this widespread attempt to debunk the incident be evidence of a coordinated cover-up? Until we know all of the facts, the Pendleton Raccoon remains a raccoon in name only.

If you have any information regarding the Pendleton Raccoon or the unnamed sailor, or if you have any first-hand accounts of raccoon squeezing, please come forward.

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Chris L

C. Paul Carlos

C. Paul Carlos is a big fan of Art Bell and all things paranormal and otherwise weird. He can often be found dropping tweets into the void at #DMTalk, or skulking around at the MidnightFans.com forums, where he serves as a humble mod and pot-stirring enthusiast.

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