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Has Ballymena's on the run 'Rab the raccoon' been found?

By Claire Williamson

An animal resembling Rab, the on-the-run raccoon from Ballymena, has been caught in Ballycastle.

The meandering animal departed from the Jungle World pet shop in Ballymena leaving behind his 'wife' Rita and four offspring.

His great escape was the talk of the north Antrim town for days with many possible sightings in places such as the People's Park.

In September police confirmed they had received a report that a raccoon had escaped from a pet shop in the Co Antrim town.

It was even thought at one point that Rab had gone on holiday after 23-year-old Richard McNabb snapped a photo of a creature bearing a resemblance to a raccoon in Ann Street in the seaside resort of Ballycastle in October.

The trail had gone cold and his whereabouts remained a mystery.

But yesterday PSNI Wildlife Officer Marianne Breen confirmed they had captured a raccoon in Ballycastle after a member of the public called to say she had spotted the animal in her car port.

She said; said: "I believe it is probably "Rab", the raccoon that was reported missing from Ballymena back in September. The USPCA are caring for the raccoon at present until he can be returned to his owner."

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