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Raccoon finds solace from Sandy at Baisley Park library

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:31 pm | Updated: 1:31 pm, Thu Nov 8, 2012.

A enterprising critter has found a way to escape the recent stint of dangerous and unpleasant weather that crippled much of Queens, the city and region, by taking shelter at a library in South Jamaica — and the neighborhood children love their new furry friend.

It’s a raccoon, whom they’ve named Mr. Rocky Books, and sometime during Hurricane Sandy he made his way into the atrium at the Queens Library at Baisley Park. The fuzzy nocturnal omnivore was discovered under a shrub by area volunteers who came to clean up after the storm. He quickly became the darling of the library. Staffers feed him, and the children made him a house and read to him through the window glass.

“We are not letting the public interact with him in any way, as it certainly would not be safe,” said library spokeswoman Joanne King. Nobody is allowed to play with him. ...  We assume he will wander away on his own after a while. If not, we will call Alley Pond Environmental Center to seek the best course of action. We want our furry guest to be dealt with gently.”

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