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5-6 week old baby Raccoon.

post #1 of 28
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Firstly, I do not agree with wild animals being made into pets. Wild animals belong just there, in the wild. This girl will be raised by me and attempted to be released by September. If not then we will have to make something for her and she will be released in the spring. I DO NOT PLAN ON KEEPING HER!

A week ago the rescue I volunteer for got quite an unusual call. Someone had arrived home only to find a box with a baby raccoon in it, on her doorstep. The poor thing was screaming bloody murder.
She called the rescue.. and the rescue called me. I went and picked her up late that night and brought her home. Where I immediately looked up the number for the nearest wildlife rehabilitator.
The lady that I called basically called me stupid for taking her in, and that I should put her back where I found her. (even though I had already explained to her that I don't know exactly where it came from)
I begged and pleaded with her to take it.. because it was screaming and clearly VERY hungry. She told me she was full at the moment. I told her that I understood that and that we had 250 cats and kittens at the rescue, but that didn't mean that we wouldn't take one in if it were an emergency. I think that made her mad and she told me that the ministry wouldn't allow her to take it anyway because I don't know the exact location that it was before it ended up on the ladies doorstep.

So I went and got a emergency can of KMR that we had at the rescue incase we got little kittens i n. Also grabbed a 12 cc syringe and fed her. She was instantly quiet. Once her belly was full she went to sleep.

In the morning we called several more wildlife rescues.. all which turned us down. Sooo, we went and got several more cases of KMR and I will be handraising this girl until she's ready to be released. Which the one rehabilitator told me late august/early september.
I already have a lady out in the middle of nowhere that is willing to take her on her property.. she has a shed where she can sleep and she already feed the raccoons there so she would always have food, even during the winter.

So anyway. Here are some pictures of the squirt.



Day after we got her into our care.





Friday 20th



Today





She drinks from a baby bottle. And she should be starting on solids this week or early next week.

Here's a video of her with her bottle. It looks like I jerk her head but I'm not anymore rough with her than her mother would normally be. I do slap her back to burp her as well as roll her around and whatnot so she can gain more balance and strength in her legs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2RVhjlK6rc
post #2 of 28
Aww she is cute!! Did they make sure she doesn't have any diseases like West Nile Virus? Here it is illegal to keep them, racoons, sparrows, canada geese, they are all illegal to rescue even. If one is found you either keep it and don't tell a single person or you have it euthanized.
post #3 of 28
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Yeah it is illegal to keep them as pets.. not sure about raising them though. but she's at my house and away from people.. no one else knows about her except people online.. and they can't find me anyway.
post #4 of 28
They look weird as babies!

I really hope you can get her released in August or September. I can't believe someone left her in a box.
post #5 of 28
What a little cutie she is.
Bless her little heart.
post #6 of 28
Oh she's adorable! Thanks for taking care of her til she's ready to go.
post #7 of 28
What a cute little thing!

I truly believe that every life deserves a chance, and you are giving this little one a chance. Thank you for caring for her!
post #8 of 28
Awwwwwwwwww I want her

My cousin in Virginia was working as a wildlife rehabilitator (had several coon babies and a 3-week old fawn when we were there.

I got the privledge of feeding one of the baby raccoons - it was about the same age. And he just layed in my arms and held the bottle. Found out that baby raccoons will purr like a cat too I got pictures of me feeding them and pictures of the fawn on my lap.

Unfortunately the fawn died a few weeks later. The "kind" couple that thought it had no mother when found had fed it cow's milk My cousin had to try and get it out of the fawn's system and get it on goat's milk. But it didn't survive the change over. Made her so mad when people find a fawn in the woods where mom DID leave it and will return. Some people mean good...but still gets you upset when you don't have a clue as to what fawns/deer do!
post #9 of 28
Shes so cute!!!

I wonder why she was left on a doorstep? Very odd....

I hope she can be released in Sept.
post #10 of 28
AWWW!!! I LOVE raccoons! Our family used to be friends with a family who raised raccoons as pets, & they're great! Except for stealing things of course.

I really hope the other woman takes it.
post #11 of 28
She's just too cute for words! I wonder why they left her in a box too. Maybe whoever found her found the mother dead or something. Was it left at the rescue or at someone's house?
post #12 of 28
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I also wonder why a doorstep.. and why hers... I'll never know though. The lady was really freaked out about it though.. she didn't want to even touch the box that the coon was in.

Nope.. she wasn't a rescue.. but she does work with the owner of my rescue at a different job.. non-animal related job. So whether that be the reason. .I dunno.
post #13 of 28
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I also wonder why a doorstep.. and why hers... I'll never know though. The lady was really freaked out about it though.. she didn't want to even touch the box that the coon was in.

Nope.. she wasn't a rescue.. but she does work with the owner of my rescue at a different job.. non-animal related job. So whether that be the reason. .I dunno.
I think raccoons are usually associated with rabies and often linked to diseases carried by rats (even though raccoon doesn't = rat)...maybe that's why she was freaked

She's a cutie! I love the way raccoons look...we call raccoons "thief" b/c of the bandit-look with the "furry glasses" and the stripey tail!
post #14 of 28
It's really too bad that the wildlife rehabilitator wouldn't take her. That really suprises me, normally thier more than willing to take in another in an emergency even if they are technically full. But it does look like you are doing a great job with her.
post #15 of 28
Awww, she is really cute.
post #16 of 28
She's adorable!
post #17 of 28
So glad are giving this precious baby a chance at life.....what a doll! Both of you!
post #18 of 28
She is really adorable.!!

How is she doing now?
post #19 of 28
It's great that you were able to take her in. I'm disappointed at all the official rehabs responses to your requests for help.
Any updates?
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by Leto86 View Post
Yeah it is illegal to keep them as pets.. not sure about raising them though. but she's at my house and away from people.. no one else knows about her except people online.. and they can't find me anyway.
We had a case at the shelter a while ago, unless you have a special license, it is actually illegal to even feed them.

I have phone numbers for racoon licensed wildlife places if you want them? The one we called picked up the babies the same day
post #21 of 28
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We actually found a lady up north to take her. She is a wildlife rehabilitator and she sounds like my kind of person.

The raccoon is on purely solid food now.. she's eating Spa Select kitten food mixed with kibbles and bits dog food.. as well as cheerios, mini wheats, crackers.. whatever she likes.
She has a huge water dish that she likes to play in.. and is also litterbox trained.
We did built her something out of wood to climb on, and she is like a little monkey!

But she is just too friendly. So we finally found someone to take her that knows what they are doing.

They were building her an enclosure this weekend and we are going the 3-4 hour drive tomorrow to take her up there.
They will be keeping her in the enclosure all winter, it's all outdoor except for an insulated box/nest for her to sleep and hide out in.
Then when spring comes they will be opening the door and letting her come and go as she pleases.
They said by the time she is around 15 months old that she will be back to being wild and will go find a mate and whatnot.

So that makes me happy. I just worry that she will wander too far and just be another statistic on the road. I know you're not supposed to get attached to something like this but it's a little hard when you have to raise it.

Thanks everyone for the kind wishes and thoughts.. I have some somewhat recent pictures of her.. I'll just have to find thatm.
post #22 of 28
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She is also let out of the pen a few times during the day, but she can't be left unsupervised or she gets into things she shouldn't be getting into.
post #23 of 28
A baby raccoon gets in to things? (done with stupid comments now)

I'm glad you've found someone to take her so she can learn to live outdoors. People always say don't get attached, but it is impossible not to!
post #24 of 28
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I know, right?

She used to be good.. didn't get into anything.. but it's normal. Even adult raccons get into everything.

And I know I will miss the little snot.. but this is the best possible thing for her. She can now grow up properly and have her own little babies some day.
I just hope she and her babies stay off the roads.
post #25 of 28
What a little sweetheart she is.
I"m so glad that you found someone to take her.
post #26 of 28
My BF does grading for a living and after knocking down a tree, he found a baby raccoon in it. He brought him home and we cared for him most part of the day. We ended up taking him to BF's aunt's house b/c she has nursed raccoons before, and is retired so she could really give it the attention it needed. They are so cute and sweet!!
post #27 of 28
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So, just got back a little bit ago from taking her up there.. was a 3.5 hour drive there.. but she did well.

She is in a quite large enclosure.. with a nice sized nesting box to keep away from the cold.

Shortly after we got her set up in her home, a couple showed up with a young male raccoon. So we let them meet each other, and then put them in together. He was a bit unsure of her.. and her of him... but I think they'll get used to each other and pair up in the spring.

This lady is amazing though... has tons of cats in a building, and tns more in her house. I actually remember reading an article on her in Feb. She's 77 years old and taking care of well over 300 animals everyday.

We are going to continue working with her rescue, and are going to be helping her out and take some of her cas to our shelter to adopt out.. help her out a little bit if we can.
post #28 of 28
what an incredible woman!!

baby racoons are so cute glad she's in all safe and sound in her new home with her new boyfriend hehe
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