Written by Candace Jansen of Quebec, Canada
I once mentioned to a friend of mine that I had been involved in a raccoon fostering program quite some time ago. A few years later, I notice on her Facebook page that she has found three baby raccoons in her roof. She wasn’t sure if mommy would come back. She had taken the three babies and put them in a box outside in hopes that mommy would find them.
The next day I checked again and saw that she had written “mommy took two babies but did not take the third one.” So, I called her and asked her if mommy had come back at all to even sniff out the other baby? She said no. So, as it happened, I went over with kitten milk and pablum. I wasn’t sure how old the babies were before I went and she had no idea how to tell.
Her Eyes Were Just Opening
When I arrived I saw that the baby’s eyes were just opening. My friend had a baby bottle in storage and I bought a new nipple. The baby raccoon, whom we named Babe-Ella, grabbed the bottle and went nuts on it. Needless to say, the poor little baby was hungry.
For the next three weeks I took care of her during the week and my friend took her on weekends. Occasionally we would go outside and take her for a walk. She would follow me like a normal baby raccoon would follow its mother. The neighbors would come out and ooh and ahh.
On the fourth week my friend called the SPCA and they gave us the number for a rehabilitation center for wild animals and someone came out the next day.
Raccoons Are Not Pets
I’ve heard many people say, “I want one for a pet.” Sure, baby raccoons are adorable and affectionate as babies. But, speaking from experience as a raccoon foster parent and having met someone who actually kept one, I can assure you that you don’t want one for a pet. They grow up to be naturally aggressive and it does hurt a lot when they bite. So, when you see a baby raccoon…make sure it is alone first. And make sure to call your local wildlife authorities first before you consider taking care of it. Photo of Last Day Together
Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase