‘There’s still a stigma’: UK raccoon rescuer on mental health, animal wit – and not startling skunks

Iain Jenkins, now leading the hunt for the Sunderland fugitive Meeko, says a breakdown led him to devote himself to animals

“Saving animals pretty much saved my life,” says Iain Jenkins, a raccoon rescuer whose semi-detached home in Hartlepool appears as ordinary as they come but is anything but. This is a house that Jenkins shares with raccoons, a parrot and a friendly skunk and previously a whole host of exotic animals including a crocodile in the conservatory.

Jenkins’ far-from-ordinary story is inextricably tied up with his mental health struggles, which he is keen to talk about.

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