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A Boater is apologizing for leaving the animal in the water after he fell off the boat.

This sucks… After reading the story… I can understand why this guy did what he did, but it still doesn’t make it right.  I probably would have tried to go to all the way back shore and let it go, but if you’re already out in the gulf, what do you do?

And I’m sure the person I was with would be soooo mad at me for making them drive all the way back to shore to save the animal, but I wouldn’t be able to just leave it.  But that’s me.

I can’t believe they didn’t notice the animal until after it came out?  There’s not THAT many hiding places for a raccoon on a boat.

I would freak out tho.  I mean…. I would FREAK OUT!

******WARNING – THERE ARE SWEAR WORDS ON THIS – SOME ARE BLEEPED OUT********  NSFW

The guy in the video can be heard yelling and cursing at the raccoon. Eventually, the animal falls into the water and is left behind by the boaters.   This was taken a few days ago and went viral online.

The man has since released an apology statement identifying himself as Thomas Cope.

“I apologize for my actions on the boat earlier this week. I sincerely wish there was some way I could have safely returned to shore to release the raccoon,”

The boater explains  that the raccoon had hidden away on the boat for several hours and didn’t come out until they were well offshore.

“The animal was running around the boat hissing and growling, making it impossible for me or my friend to drive the boat,” he said. “Knowing raccoons can be rabid and unpredictable, the only realistic option we could think of in that moment was to get the raccoon off the boat.”

“I feel bad for the animal and I’m sorry for what I did,” he added.

I mean…. I get it.  I wouldn’t want a mean animal on my boat either.

Lots of people are really upset about this.  What would you do?

Read more about the story HERE