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Raccoons Stop Building Construction

Posted 2/07/2013 6:00 am by
You can't see the raccoons from the ground, but they're up there.

You can’t see the raccoons from the ground, but they’re up there.

Construction sites aren’t safe places.  That’s one of the reasons why construction companies typically put up fences around their job sites. They want to keep people out because the last thing you need when you’re hauling giant steel I-beams is a bunch of gawkers hanging out around you.  However, fences aren’t perfect and can’t keep out someone who is determined to get in.  In Seattle, Washington, the Rafn Company is hard at work building Ballard Tower, a 304-unit apartment building, but there’a a little problem with a piece of their equipment.  Specifically, a pair of raccoons have created a home inside the jib of their giant crane, some 150 feet in the air.

It was definitely big.  The thing was like a dog,” said Trent Kristjanson, who works nearby at Limback Lumber Company and who saw one of the raccoons leaving the jib.

As for the moment, the giant raccoons will remain undisturbed in their crane home, as humane traps set by raccoon hunting experts have failed to capture the beasts.  Plus, employees are too scared of the raccoons to get near them given the noted viciousness of raccoons.  Construction on Ballard Tower continues, but the giant crane sits idle, waiting for its tenants to be evicted.

Ballard Tower is scheduled to open in 2014.

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