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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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My Little brother brings home alot of animals and then expects me to watch them. Well yesterday he brought me home a baby raccoon. Im not sure how old he is and he has bonded to me and screams everytime i leave him. I feed him puppy formula and he likes corn but im not sure what else i can do with him. He's a wonderful and amzing little creature but i dont think he or any racoon should be considered a pet. I plan on bringing him to a wildlife center next week where hopefully he can be eventually returned to the wild.
A month ago, a large raccoon began appearing during the daylight to eat birdfood spilled from the feeder. At first I thought she must be rabid since she was out in the daylight, but then discovered that she was hanging to the ground full of milk. She was STARVING nursing her babies. So I began to feed her dry catfood and about a week later she brought her five babies with her. So I've been feeding a family of 6. I've been researching rabies and raccoons and don't have a sense that it's a problem, but I have been cautioned none the less. The mother allows me to play with the babies contrary to all I have read. The five babies remind me of the 7 dwarfs: there's a shy one, a grumpy one, the most curious one (who has bonded the most and lets me pet her), the most playful one... When I was growing up, some neighbors of ours had a raccoon shed and kept pet raccoons. I started buying grapes; they love those. Grapes and catfood. One evening the mother nursed all 5 in my presence. I've read that overly friendly behavior can be a sign of rabies. But I've only found one reference that mentioned rabies in association with raccoons...... Well it's entertaining and I'm alone...Oh, one last thing - since there are no adult males, no issue with cats. Raccoons have come to eat off and on for years here and I've never had an issue with them and the cats.
Recently i bought a raccon from a breeder. His name is Rusty. He is cinnamon color. Very beautiful. We love him very much. He is 10 weeks old. Full of fun. And he's part of our family. It was very hard to find a vet. But we finally found one, very close to us. We been bottle feeding for 6 weeks now and find it hard for him to eat on his own. I just think he likes to be bottle fed. The way he looks at me when i feed him, i know he loves me.
RACCOONS ARE GREAT PETS, BUT I WOULD'NT GET ONE UNLESS I COULD SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH IT. I LOVE MY BOY BUT HE SURE DOES HAVE HIS WORD WHEN WE WANT TO GO ON VACATION. HE PUTS A STOP TO IT! AND NOW WE HAVE TWO MORE LITTLE ONES, GUESS WE NEVER WANT TO GO ANYWHERE AGAIN. WE LOVE THEM, THEY ARE SPECIAL.
I am babysitting two baby raccoons we want to keep them and we are temped but we dont know very much about them.
my hubby found a baby raccoon (George Cooney) on our back yard he was having a hard time walking, i guess the fall from the tree shook it up.
I truly love to keep him I have plenty of room but everyone is telling me otherwise. my husband tells me to make up my mind soon because he is getting attached to George
I recently found a baby raccon that had fallen from our palm tree out front. It was raining at the time and I don't know how long he was there before I found him but I immediately took the little guy in and feed him 1/2 & 1/2 (Cream) from an eye dropper and named him Bandit. He was starving and stole my heart from that very moment. My girlfriend has rescued just about every type of animal you can imagine so I called her & she came over and she fed him goat's milk thru a baby bottle. We took great care of him & despite my girlfriend asserting that we would have to release him when he gets older, I had already planned on keeping him needless to say! His eyes weren't even open yet but he was so responsive and I enjoyed bottle feeding him and spending time with him when he wasn't napping. Unfortunately, 4 days after we found him, he started to refuse to eat and became listless which was so unlike his frisky behaviour. I tried feeding him and he just didn't want to eat and as I held him in my hands, he took his last breath and died! I can't tell you how heartborken I was and I sobbed hoping maybe he was just ill and I could revive him but it was too late. I'm a grown man and an ex-Navy Seal and have always prided myself on being a tough guy who could handle anything but how unprepared I was for my little Bandit! I'm still heartbroken and miss him terribly but hope to adopt one when I move out to the country (Central Florida) next year. I know 4 days wasn't long but I'm convinced racoons can make great pets given the time & care they need.
I've had dogs & cats all my life but Bandit for some reason was the one I was most attached to and still don't know why.
I raised a neonate raccoon two years ago, and was able to release her back to the wild successfully! I sometimes wish my family and I kept her. I even got to the point of checking into purchasing one. Today I answered an ad from the newspaper for a free raccoon baby! I want to keep him,and know that he has to have a lot of shots, veterinarian care, etc,, but I'm also having the problem of finding veterinarians that care for raccoons. More than likely I will have to go to anouther state to do so. Guess what I'm saying is do your research on veterinarians too, because not all states have those who care for raccoons. Wish me luck! jen
I was out on a job site yesterday when one of the guys running an excavator discovered that we had 3 racoon kits in a tree that was getting ready to go in the grinder (one fell out as the tree was being lifted up). He placed the tree back on the ground and we proceeded to cut the tree in half and remove the kits. They are aproximately 4 weeks old (just opened their eyes) and are not weened yet. I've raised and bred ferrets before (had 3 breeding pairs) so this should prove to be interesting if what I understand about them is true.
I RECENTLY FOUND 5 RACOONS IN OUR FARM DUMPSTER. THEY WERE BORN THE EVENING BEFORE AND IT WAS THE COLDEST DAY IN A LONG TIME. THEY WERE SO COLD WE THOUGHT THEY WERE DEAD. AS SOON AS THEY FELT THE WARMTH OF OUR HANDS THEY STARTED YELLING. WE TOOK THEM HOME AND HAVE BEEN BOTTLE FEEDING SINCE. THE 2 LITTLE ONES HAVE DIED BUT THE OTHER 3 ARE STRONG. THEY ARE NOW 16 DAYS OLD BUT THEIR EYES ARE NOT YET OPEN. SO FAR THEY ARE THE SWEETEST BABIES. THERE IS 1 MALE AND 2 FEMALES. I PLAN ON PUTTING THEM IN A 6FT BY 8 FT CAGE AT THE BARN WHEN THEY ARE TO ORNERY TO KEEP THEM IN THE HOUSE. THIS IS MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH COONS BUT HAVE MET SO MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE RAISED THEM WITH GREAT EXPERIENCES.