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Petersburg wildlife news
raccoon took my homework'
The teacher was skeptical of 13-year-old
Stephanie King's fanciful excuse, but
it was true. Honest.
By RITA FARLOW
Published September 8, 2006
ST PETERSBURG— Brenda Dannewitz has
heard a lot of excuses about missing
homework during her 22 years as a chorus
teacher at Osceola Middle School.
I’ve heard 'My dog’s
eaten my music,’ 'my little brother
ripped my music because he’s mad at
me,’ 'It’s in dad’s car and I’m at mom’s,’...’’
But the story 13-year-old
Stephanie King told Thursday beat them
"I explained that
the raccoon fell from the ceiling in
my bathroom and it ran into my bedroom...and
animal control came out to get it and
they couldn’t catch it and they said
we couldn’t go in my room,” Stephanie
Dannewitz was skeptical.
But the best part of the story is it’s
On Friday, Stephanie’s
grandmother and legal guardian, Natalie
King, talked to school officials about
the missing homework.
“I told them she can’t
get her homework, her books, because
everything is locked in the bedroom,”
The large female raccoon
and its babies crashed to the Kings’
bathroom floor Wednesday night. The
raccoons had taken up residence in the
ceiling, which was compromised by a
leaky roof, said Stephanie’s grandfather,
Until that moment, the
family didn’t even know there was a
leak, much less that a family of raccoons
was living in their ceiling. The mama
raccoon tussled with the King’s 2-year-old
Yorkie Poo, Miss Molly, before scurrying
straight into Stephanie’s room.
The family found three
baby raccoons on the bathroom floor.
Mrs. King called 911 and an officer
from St Petersburg Animal Services responded.
He took the babies and tried to capture
the mother, Natalie King said.
“Animal control spent
an hour and a half trying to get it.
I mean, it was just working him to death,”
Mrs. King said.
The officer set a trap
and told the family not to enter Stephanie’s
room. But later she found another baby
raccoon hiding behind the toilet.
“I opened the bedroom
door and put it in with the mommy,”
Thursday night, mama
raccoon finally went into the trap.
An animal services officer picked her
up Friday. He found the baby under the
As a precaution, Miss
Molly got a rabies booster and is under
quarantine until results tests come
The family will clean up Stephanie’s
room this weekend.
“We have to empty the
room out, wash all the clothes and strip
the carpet,” she said. A roofer was
on the way over Friday to assess the
Stephanie expects to
be back at school on Monday — with her
homework. The seventh-grader said she
understood her teacher’s raised eyebrows.
“I kind of thought it
would be hard to believe, too.”