Cambridge, Massachusetts. (WHDH) – A group of rare and exotic animals was rescued Monday from the back of the U-Haul in Cambridge, according to a statement released by the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center.
The rescued animals included two chinchillas, a rabbit, two mice, three parrots, three lovebirds and four raccoons, a tree mammal native to South America that is illegal in Massachusetts.
Officers from the MSCPA, Cambridge and Environmental Police and the Cambridge Animal Commission rescued the animals from the back of the van on Monday. The animals’ living conditions have been described as squalid, and the driver of the van has not been identified and is currently under investigation.
The MSCPA revealed that one of the coats escaped from its liberation site but was found and taken to the MSPCA’s Jamaica Plain Centre on Tuesday night.
Most of the animals will be put up for adoption, and the MSPCA hopes to find a home for the raccoon in a certified wildlife sanctuary.
“not only [the Coatis] It is illegal to keep as pets in Massachusetts, but they have complex social and health needs that are difficult to meet in a home-like setting, so we hope that protected areas or other wildlife-focused organizations or zoos will eventually be able to accommodate them They,” said Mike Keiley, MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center and Program Director. He added, “Until we find a more permanent solution for them, we will do everything we can to keep them safe and happy in our care. “
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