POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 8:37am
UPDATED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 8:39am
Watch a dog owner hurl a raccoon to save his pooch.
What do you do when a wild raccoon is on top of your dog, roughing him up?
Toaster the labradoodle could have been toast.
If his owner hadn't saved him. Kevin Rose let his dog out of his San Francisco home, then heard frantic yelping as a raccoon tangled with toaster. Kevin sprinted down the stairs, grabbed the raccoon and hurled it.
Kevin Rose says, "I was just scared he was getting shredded up. You can see how he freaks out."
Here's the replay from another security camera. Check out those eerie flying raccoon eyes. Kevin said he had no choice.
"I wanted to get them separated. I didn't want to kick because I'd probably kick my own dog," says Kevin.
Kevin is the founder of Digg, a social news website that spawns viral videos and he found his own video going viral. But what did he find when he went warily down those stairs?
"Kevin says the raccoon definitely survived the toss, that he saw it get up and take off. It actually fit through those bars there."
Now it's even got its own fake twitter account..."@tossedraccoon.
Toaster the labradoodle came out of it with some scratches. And Kevin came away looking like a major league pitcher. Admirers have put the toss to music.
Kevin told Twit Tv the raccoon weighed about 25 pounds.
"It felt very greasy," descirbed Kevin.
The last time we saw a toss like this was when a raccoon stumbled into the chimp enclosure at the St. Louis Zoo.
What a windup. And how did this raccoon wind up? Nabbed at the drainage pipe.
We're told it eventually got out alive. Kevin Rose came out of his encounter smelling like a rose.
"Believe it or not, even Peta gave Kevin a pass for hurling the raccoon."
Peta said "It was a crazy move that could have gone very wrong for man, dog, and raccoon, but you can't fault a man for reacting to save his dog."
"It was just one of those things where you care so much about an animal. They're like a family member."
Strike 3, raccoon. You're out.