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Raccoon Mama Frantic At Window: Couple Saves Her Boarded-Up Babies

Raccoon Mama Frantic At Window: Couple Saves Her Boarded-Up Babies


By Melanie Blow of New York

They say that when opportunity knocks, you’d best be around to answer the door. We usually think of opportunity in financial and material terms, but sometimes being able to experience an intense bond with a wild animal is a true opportunity.

My senior year of college, my boyfriend and I moved into a little rental house on a horse farm. It was a single-story house, but it became clear our first night there that we had an upstairs neighbor — a large raccoon could be heard walking and digging in our crawlspace, and at times the ceiling would actually bow from her weight. That was a little upsetting, but with a landlord eagerly offering to kill raccoons for us, what choice did we really have?  He saw them as a threat to his horses.

A Noise At the Door

One afternoon early in the summer, I was cooking dinner when I heard a noise at the door. I looked out, and there on its hind legs was the raccoon, knocking, or rather scratching, on the door. I stared at her for a minute, and then called my boyfriend over. The raccoon looked at me, then got down, and went to the window, scratched at that, and then circled around the house, scratching at every door and window.

We thought the raccoon may have had a litter of babies in the crawl space, because there had been more movement and noise up there since spring. So our first instinct was that she was somehow unable to get to her litter. Walking outside with a mother animal who is frantic to get to its cubs is a very risky thing, but we decided it was the best option for everyone. My boyfriend thought he knew where the raccoon got into the crawlspace from outside, so he went into the carport with a hammer, and I stood beside the raccoon with a fireplace poker.

The raccoon stood about 15 feet behind and to the side of me, never taking her eyes off my boyfriend. It turns out that the landlord had nailed a piece of plywood over a hole in the carport that allowed the raccoon access to the crawl space. My boyfriend removed the plywood, and then slowly walked back inside, with me behind him.

Farewell Dear Friends…

The next morning I was doing dishes and saw three fat, healthy baby raccoons lined up right in front of the kitchen window. After that day, the crawl space was empty. Momma Raccoon realized the den was no longer safe. But she also must have realized that there are people in this world who can help her and her family when she needed it. I have never had an experience with a wild animal like that, where they so plainly express a need, and risk so much by trusting that someone will understand and help them. But it worked out for everyone.

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12:43PM PST on Dec 11, 2013

We are no different than the other species who share our world. Beautiful, thank you for sharing.

10:17AM PST on Nov 25, 2013

So awesome !! Thanks to your kind and loving heart, Mama Coon and her babies will live happily ever after

10:13AM PST on Nov 25, 2013

So awesome !! Thank goodness there are still kindhearted people in this world

6:00PM PST on Nov 24, 2013

This is great. I find it so hard to understand why most people think animals are unintelligent, at least from the point of view that the human thinks that animals should stay off the road so they don't get hit, does not make animals lack real feelings. It's good that some of us humans have feelings for the animals, and there just needs to be a lot more like us.

3:59AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Thank you and keep up the good work. Our wild friends need all the help they can get. And our not wild friends also.

12:31AM PST on Nov 23, 2013

Yes,how Sweet it is ! Live and Let Live ! I can only imagine the Fear the momma had ,she was so trusting ! Animals are Wonderful ! Thank You for Helping her ! What a Kind Caring person you are ! :) Great FEEL GOOD story !

5:42PM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Bless you and your boyfriend for helping this mama raccoon! You were wonderful and helped her when no one else could. I love this story! xoxo

1:58PM PST on Nov 22, 2013

I feel blessed that there are people who do this. Maybe this will help those who haven't realized.

5:13AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Very touching's amazing how animals can instinctively know who to trust :)

5:17AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Beautiful story. Thank you.

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