What a crappy afternoon! I was at my fiberglassing job having a beer after work when my boss came in from the back room and said "there's a young raccoon in there and I think he's dying. I'm no good with this kind of stuff!" Well everyone was leaving so I heaved a heavy sigh and said " I need some work gloves, and I'm stealing some of Kitty's food, I'll get some water and let's hope for the best.". Well that plan failed. I came back as everyone was getting ready to leave and gave the bad news. Told my boss I'd lock up and take care of it and he said "I'm sorry man." I did everything I could to encourage the little guy to go but it seemed he was in bad shape- his back legs were sprawled out and he was breathing weakly. When I picked him up to take him outside he snareld but didn't flinch. I heard his mom and sister on the roof then went outside and saw them checking me out. I told them I'd try my best. I put wet cat food out and he turned his head the other way. He was whimpering as best I can describe. The poor little fella. At that point I cried as I knew what I had to do. I dug a 3x3 hole and then after much summoning of courage and soul searching justification used the shovel to break his neck. I talked calmly and reassuringly to him the whole time and cried. The whole time it was pouring down rain. When I finished filling the grave I turned around and there was a rainbow! My eyes were watering more than the downpour! Sorry to be a downer, but I've never had to do this kind of thing and it was the most difficult thing I've ever done in my life. I consider you folks friends -just friends I've never met face to face but friends none the less. Just feeling a little sad for a poor animal. Thanks for reading this!