A Florida lawyer admitted that he chased a raccoon off his boat while 20 miles offshore, leaving it to die in the water, a report said.
Thomas Cope posted a video to Facebook that showed what he referred to as a “trash panda” roaming around his boat as he attempts to scare it away, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“Get off my fu–ing boat,” Cope yelled at the animal before deciding: “We’re just going to have to push him off.”
As Cope attempts to coax the animal off the boat, it loses it’s grip and plummets into the sea.
“So long, sucker,” the man yells.
The raccoon — who could last be seen desperately paddling in the water — is presumed to be dead.
After the video gained attention online and the state wildlife agency launched an investigation into the incident — Cope issued a statement.
“The animal was running around the boat hissing and growling, making it impossible for me or my friend to drive the boat,” Cope wrote.
“Knowing raccoons can be rabid and unpredictable, the only realistic option we could think of in the moment was to get the raccoon off the boat.”