Raccoon Checks Into Berlin Hotel

Under German law, evicting furry visitor a rocky proposition
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2008 11:42 AM CDT
Little Bear, a pet raccoon that lives with sisters Diane Cossmann and Bunnie Sanz, reaches for a cheese snack on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 outside their Owensboro, Kentucky, home.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The talk of the town in Berlin is a raccoon who's taken up residence in a hotel garage and can't legally be removed. Under German law, a wild animal can't be removed from private property unless it poses a threat, Der Spiegel reports. One wildlife expert says he thinks the animal, a rarity in Germany, may have grown up at the Brandenburg Gate.

"At the moment we are just waiting to see what will happen," says a spokeswoman for the hotel.