Photos Show Raccoon Who Broke Into Ohio Home, Fell Asleep in Dishwasher

Police in Ohio have posted images of a raccoon that broke into the home of a resident in the city of North Ridgeville and fell asleep in the dishwasher.

After spotting the crafty mammal, the resident contacted North Ridgeville Police Department to notify them of the situation.

The department then dispatched patrolman John Metzo, who they describe as their "Absurd Animal Call Officer."

In a Facebook post, the department said the raccoon apparently "busted through the bathroom light, ransacked the kitchen, then took a well deserved nap in the washer."

Metzo removed the raccoon from the dishwasher and escorted the animal out of the home.

"All in a day's work for John," the post said.

So a resident called and said he had a raccoon in his dishwasher.Wait. What?Luckily we had our resident Absurd Animal Call Officer, Ptlm John Metzo, on shift.You may remember Ptlm Metzo from...

Raccoons are the largest animal in the family Procyonidae, averaging between 24 and 38 inches in length and weighing between 14 and 23 pounds or more, according to PBS.

They are native to North America and can be found throughout the United States, except for parts of the Rocky Mountains, and southwestern states such as Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.

Raccoons are also found in some regions of Canada, Mexico and the northernmost parts of South America. In addition, they have a significant presence in countries like Germany, Russia and Japan, having been deliberately introduced to these nations by humans over the course of the 20th century.

The animals are common throughout North America and have adapted to a range of habitats, including mountainous regions and even urban areas.

Raccoons are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders, eating a wide range of foods. Their diet consists mostly of invertebrates and plant foods, although they often rummage through garbage in urban areas.

These animals have characteristic patches of black fur around their eyes, which some scientists think may help to reduce glare and improve their ability to see at night. Another characteristic feature is the tail, which is ringed with five to 10 black bands.

They have five little fingers that can grasp and manipulate food in a variety of ways, as well as other objects, such as doorknobs and jars. Meanwhile, its front paws are very sensitive, with touch being the animal's most heightened sense.

Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, with one study showing that they can remember the solutions to tasks for at least three years.

In the wild, raccoons have few predators, although they are sometimes attacked by cougars, bobcats, and coyotes. They can also carry diseases that are harmful to humans, such as rabies and trichinosis—a parasitic disease caused by certain types of roundworms.

A raccoon
A raccoon is seen on May 31, 2020 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images