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Stuck raccoon causes train delays
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Stuck raccoon causes train delays

Published: 17 Oct 2011 10:58 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Oct 2011 10:58 GMT+02:00

A raccoon stuck in a railway switch point shut down the intercity train lines between the central German towns of Göttingen and Kassel on Sunday.

Trains in both directions on the line in the state of Lower Saxony were suspended for an hour a half, while technicians removed the raccoon, which paid for its curiosity with its life.

Three trains were forced to stop mid-journey, while five others had to be re-directed. A spokeswoman for German rail operator Deutsche Bahn was not able to say how many passengers were affected by the delay.

The delays of all eight trains amounted to 270 minutes.

However, the raccoon is not thought to have been a member of the left-wing extremist group that sabotaged German railways in and around Berlin last week.

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12:36 October 17, 2011 by twisted
Are the authorities sure that it is NOT a part of the left-wing group? It is wearing a mask and looks pretty shifty to me.
13:09 October 17, 2011 by Bigfoot76
I hope at the very least they questioned the animal before releasing it. They should also check for any ties to the local and global organizations. Was he really acting alone?
15:15 October 17, 2011 by wenddiver
R.I.P. Mr. Racoon.
16:07 October 17, 2011 by DOZ
Make a hat from it, and remember the days when boys could be boys, without having to start ww3.
19:17 October 17, 2011 by Englishted
By the look of its finger nails it was hoping to trim them as clippers are so hard to grip.
04:29 October 18, 2011 by wood artist
I've seen some comments where people suggested the people damaging the Bahn were animals, but I didn't think it had come to this.

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04:33 October 18, 2011 by Freeman
Suicidal Racoon?
09:02 October 18, 2011 by Doggy
I love Racoons.
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