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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Mary - 2009-07-06
About distemper, what about worming the little guy, also they can get west nile too. Just a thought, mary

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debbie - 2009-07-05
My son rescued a baby racoon from a cat three weeks ago. I can't judge his age becuase he had his eyes open, but was severely dehydrated. He has an abcess on his side, but we are keeping it clean and medicated. We started him on kitten forumla but he has progressed to fruit salad -- watermelon, bananas and grapes. Not sure what to do about the abcess becuas the vets around here won't take him. He's really grown and a sweet kit. We want to release him back in the wild. Any suggestions?

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mary wille - 2009-06-24
Use cat wormer by size, one cc for every pound. Put it on ice cream or something he likes. To the people who found the raccoon tin the garage, u save him, he will hang around for life and thats O.K. They're kind creatures when u r kind to them. And auntie listen to katherine, she knows too well about your delema, she will help u. Is wisco close to u if it is number is 1 608 474 o236,mary wille is my name,have 2 now,let me know is i am close enough to help,oh convince your vet its for your cat, the wormer people, mary k

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brandon - 2009-06-23
I have found a raccoon thats family has been killed and is afraid of me and tries to bite me... what should I do to get him to be like a pet?

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joyce - 2009-06-20
Hi!
My Dad had a half grown raccoon come into his garage and lie down on a towel and go to sleep. Having heard all the scare tactics of the conservationists, he assumed it was ill, most likely with rabies. I live next door and have an animal sanctuary. So, when Dad said he was going to have my son put the coon down, I went to see if I thought it was sick. It didn't look sick. No mucous, no runny eyes, just very very thin. I called the rehabbers closest, which is 400 miles away here and they said it probably had distemper. And distemper is ALWAYS fatal. I know better. As a kid the neighbors had a dog that had lived through it. I had a baby squirrel that had it, became totally paralyzed, diagnosed by the vet, that lived and became as healthy as any squirrel you will ever see. Twice as onery probably. So, I made my youngest son get the coon and put it in the carrier and take it to our barn. He and I are both immune to rabies. I had shots before he was born and he had shots after a dog bite before anyone informed us he was already immune. Anyway, the coon goes into the barn. Gets goats milk, eggs, antibiotics, etc. He did have a couple of pretty good seizures that I saw and some partial paralysis in his hind quarters. He has been here about 8 days and is now exploring the loft and looking out at the horses. He nuzzles the kittens, much to their annoyance. I truly feel this raccoon was someones pet who either got away or was released. He may have been showing signs of illness before he was released. The game warden could have been breathing down their neck, who knows? Anyway, my caution is, animals can recover from distemper with the proper care if caught soon enough and be very careful releasing wildlife as I am feeling this little guy suffered some consequences. It is possible that it is just young, sick and smart enough to know I am taking care of it during its illness. I am not very threatening. And fortunately for this poor baby, I don't believe everything I hear. I am sure he will leave on his own at some point, but he is welcome to stay as long as he likes. He has taken up residence in the feed box right now and definately begins looking when he hears me come into the barn. I noticed also that it appears as though the tip of his tail is gone. We have petted him a little but try not to touch him too much. He really doesn't seem to mind being touched lightly, but he has been ill so maybe being touched by stinky humans was just something else to endure. I cannot believe that anyone would hurt these totally cute little creatures.

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auntiewalks - 2009-06-16
Hypothetical, why do people want to kill the cutest creatures? I'm finding that after rescuing an orphan who fell from a ceiling 14 ft, and getting it passed the rough part, I honestly didn't think it would make it but it did. It has a limp in his back leg. His mother was still where he fell, but after leaving him in a box for a day and a half Mom didn't go back for him and there is a huge coyote around. I had no idea it was illegal in my area to help them and I truly feel bad for that. But if the lil guy goes to a rehabber they may put him down. This is so unfair.

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victoria - 2009-06-15
Hello I am a horse and dog rescuer and found myself with a 2 month old raccoon that now lives in the house with my 2 children, 2 dogs my husband and myself. He is very curious and it took some getting use to the sounds. I have him in a large dog kennel at night since he goes into our cupboards and takes things out to play with. I had him on homo milk which seemed to satisfy him plus started him on vitamins. He is now just starting to test out new foods. They are a handful and he comes everywhere with me since he needs to be fed every 5 hours or whenever he makes enough noise. He didn't like the dogs much at first, but small 2 min. introductions every couple hours and having the smell on us helped, he now runs around and plays with our collie. He follows us but like I said he is very curious and is somewhat a lot of trouble for a horse rescuer like myself. But we hope that we can release him once he is old enough or when he decides he is ready...

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kailey - 2009-05-25
As a wildlife rehabilitator who has raised and released baby raccoons I must advise you on a few things. I don't know what state you are in but what you are doing is well intentioned but probably illegal as you need a license. I reccommend you contact a wildlife rehabiltator in your state immediately as nutrition is extremely important as well as raising them WILD! They stay with their mothers for up to a year sometimes so they are not a quick raise and release animal. Raising them incorrectly could mean them not being wild and not knowing how to survive on their own!!! The other concern is that raccoons carry many worms and zoonotic diseases (transmittable to people). Please please I sincerely urge you to leave it to the pros and love them enough to give them to a rehaber that knows what they are doing! Thank you on their behalf for caring!

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Laura - 2009-05-17
Hello out there a couple of days ago my father in law was moving some hay for his horses and in the big bales of hay were 3, 5-10 day old raccoons. We left them alone for a day or so and still no mom. We (my husband and I)decided to bring them home to our house and take care of them. As of 3 days now they are doing GREAT!!! They are eating kitten replacement milk with a touch of syrup. They seem to eat this with syrup better than just milk. Some extra info on how to raise them would be great.
We plan on releasing them back into the wild ASAP. We live on 4 wooded acres, and have adult raccoons eat on our back porch everynight.

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mary wille - 2009-05-13
Hello out there, it's been a while. As spring is here, yepeeeeee, I am hearing of more and more baby raccoons being discovered. I learn something new every day, there is this stuff that will stop dehydration in its tracks. They give it to kitten, pups, horses, dogs, deer, practically anything with four legs. It is cheap and it works. I even think you can buy it on line. It's an oral nutritional supplement, it's called lixotinic. Very little goes a long way and it works wonderfully for dehydration. It will shock you how quick it works. Good luck to all who are willing to help save an orphan baby coon, or adult one too. Like sunchaser says, you may not save the world for all the animals, but you will make a world of difference to the ones you choose to help, or something like that. I think u all know what I am trying to say. Oh and one other thing, if you r thinking of moving to the terrible state of colorado and your a raccoon or any other animal lover for that matter, don't. They r terrible over there for helping save animals from death. As a matter of fact they prefer death to animals, or nicely put euthanasha[sp],to anyone who chooses to help a creature. And if that creature can not be returned safely to the wild, no matter how well u take care of them or how big u make there encloser they will get a search warrant and take your beloved friend and have them killed. Perfectly healthy or not, they will not allow you to ask professionally if you get the proper permits so you can keep them, cause there r none. Proper permits, they don't exsist in CO. They r using the archiac fear tactic of the big R word, even though there has never, I repeat never, been a truthful case of one raccoon ever biting a human and contracting the big r, let alone a raccoon biting a human who wasn't trying to kill them or her babies/ See colorado is owned and operated by big game farms and sportsmen. That is who owns theirewildlife department. If u look at their names the owner of coors is in this bunch. Well one very strong women tried to change the certian death sentence basically to allow someone to obtain permits under all kind of valid restriction. She did it very professionally and had a lot of data, a lot of research, and a lot of hard work, and these big wigs gave her 3 minutes. Never intending to even consider changing the unreasonable death laws for raccoons. They will take the money and the tax write off for their game farms and their hunting licenses over there, but god forbid if someone simply wants to love and help an orphaned critter. That they will kill, sooooo stay out of colorado if u love animals/, they will kill them. mary

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