Bellevue police helped to rescue a raccoon that found itself in a tight spot.

The critter was found at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday with its head stuck in a plastic jar.

Officers initially were sent to a disturbance, said Lt. Andy Jashinske. Callers reported seeing a man and a woman arguing in a parking lot at the Gaslight Village Apartments, near Bellevue Boulevard South and Park Avenue in Bellevue.

But when officers arrived, they realized it wasn’t a disturbance. They found the couple holding the raccoon, wrapped in a sweatshirt. Its head was stuck in what looked to be a sunflower butter jar.

The jar appeared to be licked clean.

The couple noticed the raccoon on Park Avenue and stopped to help it.

Officers tried pulling the raccoon’s head from the jar, but weren’t having any luck. So an officer used scissors from a medical kit. The officer cut enough of the plastic to pop the raccoon’s head out.

Once it was freed from the jar, the raccoon was released back into the wild. It did not report any injuries and refused transport before leaving the scene, officers said.

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