THE long campaign to reunite a missing pet raccoon with her Hucknall owner has reached a happy ending — after a rollercoaster search lasting THREE months!
Well-known Elmo disappeared from a large enclosure at the house on Yorke Street as long ago as Saturday June 4.
Owner Joe Coupe immediately launched a search for the much-loved pet.
He plastered the town with photographs and posters, started up an appeal on the social-networking site Facebook and enlisted the help of the Dispatch.
Soon a network of concerned supporters spread across Hucknall and there were several sightings of Elmo.
But it wasn’t until last weekend that the pet was finally found — after being spotted on a conservatory roof at a house on Graingers Terrace.
The owners called Joe and he and his mother went round to retrieve Elmo. But the spooked animal wouldn’t let them near her.
An appeal for help from the RSPCA failed but Hucknall police came to the rescue and helped Joe capture Elmo and take her home.
“I am overwhelmed,” said Joe. “I am so pleased to have her back. I cannot thank everyone who has joined in the search enough.”
Various sightings had been made of Elmo during her disappearance.
She even got trapped in the loft of a house on Sandy Lane, Hucknall, after making a hole in the roof.
Joe was alerted but attempts to snare her failed and she escaped by making another hole.
A Bulwell man of John Wright Close even claimed damage done to lawns at houses on his road might have been attributable to Elmo.
But for now, Joe is delighted to have the pet back and reunited with him and his pet skunk, Effy.
He is also turning his attentions to securing Elmo’s enclosure and has added CCTV security cameras to keep a close eye on her.