Animal Stories - Pet Racoon


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   Here is a raccoon up past his bedtime! This younster couldn't keep still, climbed all over everybody and was constantly "checking things out"!
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Sarah - 2008-07-01
Late Monday afternoon, I found a baby raccoon in my front lawn. My mom said it was fine if I keep him, but I think he is sick or something. On Tuesday morning, I went to check on him and he was trying to sleep on a rock, but kept waking up. I have no exeperience with taking care of raccoons, but your story did help a little. I still don't know if he's sick or if it's natural. Please help!

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Clara - 2008-06-23
I found a baby raccoon Sunday morning alone in a road. He is very small, and when I approached him, he was not scared. He only has his "fang" teeth, and tamed up within hours. He loves to cuddle, and I assume he misses cuddling his mother. I have offered him tuna, sardines, fruit, etc... he loves apple sauce. I also give him animal powdered milk, (mixed with water, of course). I am wondering know how I can tell how old he is, and if he is eating enough to survive. It does not seem like he eats much at all. He's got diareah pretty bad so I took the applesauce away, but now I am afraid he won't eat at all. I spoke to a rehabilitation place but they said if he had been handled they would not ever be able to turn him back into the wild and they would put him to sleep. I can not stand the thought of that, it is the sweetest little thing. If anyone has any advice, I really would appreciate it.

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Maxine Nilsson - 2008-06-17
We have a pet raccoon who is 2 years old. He has always been free in our home. We have a doggy door so he has always been able to go outside. He has decided he loves it better outside and does not come in anymore. He comes to our back deck to get his favorite food every night. Our small community knows all about "Coonie" so he is fed at a lot of homes!!!
We miss him sleeping with us and sharing breakfast every morning. We are just happy he is doing fine on his own. It was a wonderful experience for the whole family. We would do it again if a rescued baby turns up.

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Joey - 2008-06-17
We currently have a baby coon that is 8 weeks old. Our basset hound brought it home, unharmed, when it was approximately one week old. We are enjoying every minute of having it but I want to find a vet that will give it shots and possibly fix it. If anyone knows where this can be done we live in the Ottawa area.

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Snuggles - 2008-06-16
I am currently raising 3 babies and they have become quite a handful!
Unfortunately, their mother was shot when they were just a couple weeks old. I started them on baby formula and with an eye-dropper, now they are on bottles and baby cereal and I put them in the bath-tub, with cat food mixed with warm milk and they just about eat anything, yet they still want mama all the time! It's gonna break my heart when it comes time to let go, I wonder how I go about doing this.

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Kristi G. - 2008-05-17
We are raising a 3 week old orphan right now, and are curious as to why when you scratch the back of her neck she goes crazy making a sucking/ nursing motion and her cute little purring noise. We thought it might be how a Mom gets them to nurse, but there doesn't seem to be any correlation. Is it like scratching that certain spot on a dogs stomach tat makes them kick their leg. Also, we would like to litter train her, but need to know at what age we stop stimulating her to pee and poop, so then she might be litter trainable.

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chris - 2008-05-07
I had a racoon as a child that was abandoned by his mother. We immediately named him Bandit. I bottle fed him until he ate real food and then was cooked for like a king. The last time he was weighed, he was 40lbs!! He was the best "pet" ever and acted more "human" than some of the people I know. We got him in April when he was around 8 weeks old. We lived on a river so as he grew, he learned to climb trees and forage the river and its banks for food and did a great job. He was caged outside at night and had his own insulated penthouse (insulated house with hay on the top of a tree trunk) that he slept in. I would go sit in his cage and he would grab my hair and try to pull me up with him. He loved me to death. In late February, he tried to chew his way out of his cage so my parents let him out. He left and never came back. The ice went out on the river the very next day so we figure he went across and then had no way to get back. Nonetheless, he was ready and healthy. I missed him terribly. That was 22 years ago and I always wished I could give that experience to my children. I just voiced that to my mother on Sunday and low and behold, Monday afternoon, my father found a 4 week old baby on the river bank laying there seeming dead. We brought her in and she was very weak. I went and bought puppy replacent formula and bottles and a cage. She has really perked up and I am glad to see it! I plan on doing the same things with her as I did with my Bandit to help her learn her skills as a racoon and not a person because she is just that, a wild animal. When she grows up, we will do a "soft release" and reintroduce her to being "wild" slowly. It is not fair to keep them as pets and illegal. I could send her to a rehab person but resources in my county are limited. The one lady that I know of that does rehab for babies has a disgusting house and sometimes 18-20 coons stacked in cages in her bedroom. With the help of my family, I plan, as we did before, to get her healthy, grown and vaccinated and release her. Maybe this one will come back to us and maybe not, but I know it is selfish and dangerous to keep a wild animal as a pet. I am just greatful to have the experience again.

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kristy - 2008-04-16
When I was younger (a few years ago) my family was driving down a country road and it was raining heavily, ahead of us was another car, suddenly an animal leapt out of the woods and got ran over by the other car. It made it to the otherside, but collapsed. We stopped our car and waited to see if it would get up. It did not, so we got out in the driving rain and went to look. It was a large raccoon, it was dead. Suddenly out of the bushes nearby fell a baby raccoon, it waddled blindly over to the dead body of the raccoon and clung to it desperately. Heart broken, we picked it up (it hissed and growled, but was too cold and wet to do much else). We raised it on kitten milk and then other foods, named him Bandit and when he was old enough, we released him into an outdoor inclosure at my great uncle's farm. Bandit is a wild animal now, not in a cage, but he does hang out around my great uncles house and they feed him still every now and then.

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dever - 2008-04-03
I'm a roofing contracter in the state of Massachusetts. I found three baby racoons in a chimney. We gave all the love and care in the world. We started with 5cc syringes and worked our way up with baby bottles. Their food was mostly K.M.R. As they grew up they were a lot of fun. At about one years old they started to find their independence. You really need to give them their space. They had their own room in my house with a cat style paradise. But when I had my son, my wife and I realized they needed to go outside. So I did what any good parent does, I built them a racoon paradise. A 16ft by 16ft shed with windows and playground inside. They have a doggie door with an outside playground with an eletric fence. They have two pools with waterfalls and trees to climb. My wife thought I was nuts when I built this thing, but it was worth it and lots of fun. I have had my pets who are named angel, pebbels, and my favorite Pumba. They are great pets but they are wild. So be careful.

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Kris - 2008-02-16
My story is much the same as everyone else's here. When I was a child my father found a baby raccoon whose family had been killed during land clearing for construction. Rocky became a part of our family. He wasn't caged, but was allowed the run of our house. He loved to slide around the inside of our bathtub on his back during playtime. When he was younger he was bottle fed, but as he got older he loved Honey Smacks as a treat. When he started getting older he wanted to be outside more and more so we put in a pet door so he could go in and out as he pleased. As he started reaching sexual maturity he got very moody and you could only handle him when HE wanted to be handled. One day he came in the house and my 6-year-old sister's ankle was the first thing he saw and he attacked her and injured her VERY badly. At this point he was only coming in the house every few days, so my parents closed up the entrance and he was no longer allowed in the house. He was a wonderful pet and we loved him, but he was a wild animal. You can tame them and give them rabies shots, and everything else, but they aren't meant to be kept in captivity.

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