But he quickly figured out his getaway, reaching up and bending back the top of the cage. He then got to the ground by climbing down some construction scaffolding on the back side of City Hall.
He eluded animal control for more than half an hour as he crept along the bottom of the wall.
The animal control worker who finally captured him - for the second time - dubbed the animal "Houdini" and said he was the strongest raccoon he'd ever seen.
Authorities said the animal was not showing any sign of having rabies.
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