Raccoon falls through 459 dining room ceiling into room full of students | News
A raccoon fell through the ceiling of dining room 459 in the dining hall on Wednesday evening while the students were eating.
Photos and videos taken by students capture diners watching the confused raccoon look around and rummage through a student’s book bag. Custodians eventually captured the animal.
LSU freshman Danielle Gipson heard a scream as she entered the dining hall.
“All I hear is a raccoon was in 459,” Gipson said. “Everyone gets up and looks around. I went and got my food anyway because I thought it was wrong. The raccoon then ran under my table and I immediately climbed into the chair.
Gipson then saw the raccoon jump up on the table. As she returned to her table, friends told her that the raccoon was on top of her bag and belongings. She never got to finish her food.
“I’m just worried my bag has a disease,” Gipson said. “Right now it’s funny to look back, but at the time I was traumatized. My appetite was definitely gone.
Hannah Accius, a freshman from LSU, walked into 459 while the raccoon was still searching the building.
“The raccoon was trapped by the pasta area by LSU students so he wouldn’t run around,” Accius said. “The workers still allowed the students in even though they knew a raccoon was inside.
“The raccoon was heading towards me. He stopped and climbed on top of my friend Danielle’s bag. Animal Control finally came and tried to catch him in a trash can. One cook even tried to use a basket to catch it. .”
Accius said the raccoon was finally caught.
LSU freshman Pierson Murray heard screams and confused it with his music playing in the background.
“I heard screaming and someone jumped my arm,” Murray said. “I thought that was a serious threat, as if a shooter was inside the building.
Murray then saw that there was a raccoon inside the building. He saw people cheering and clapping when one of the workers brought a bat.
“My first thought was to protect the animal,” Murray said. “The cheers disgusted me because an innocent animal is going to die or everyone in the room had a plan to kill it.