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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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~ Hello, I've recently come across a Baby Raccoon; I have assisted* in raising one before (many yrs ago) & am very Happy to be doing it again. She was about a wk. or so old? when I got her. Her Eyes were not opened yet. I have been feeding her Kitten Baby formula with an eye dropper. She's doing well with this & sleeping in a small box with towels for warmth until she gets a bit older. I hold her close to me for feedings & to let her feel my heartbeat & scent. SHe sems to like playing & nesting in my hair, crawling all over me esp. around my neck. She also likes to suck on my fingers.(LOL) The one we raised before loved to suck my thumb. She would tap your leg/chking for pants & climb up to my shouder then tap my shoulder chattering~ letting me know she wanted my thumb, then would go to sleep with my thumb in her mouth. I just hope that my new Baby will be as Healthy & friendly as that one was. I love animals & do what I can do help them & keep them safe & Healthy. I also have a Cockatiel. My hubby has A Parrot & we have 2 Chiauhau mixes,(one of them belongs to my eldoest son). My daughter has a Blk velvet Dwarf bunny, one son had a King Snake (Recently deceased). So we have a literal Zoo in our home & 4 children. We stay pretty busy & are very loving with our *Extended Family of Pets*.
Mark here -
Thought I would share my loss with everyone as I am still devastated over it. Destiny would have been a year old today. She was an orphan at around three or four days I guess. She still had a dried umbilical cord. The mom died trying to get back to her den under the house of apparent animal wounds. She was the only one I was able to save, hence her name, Destiny.
Her first month on earth was touch and go as she soon developed a urinary tract infection. She responded almost miraculously to the series of three penicylin shots a day apart and grew like a weed after that. I've never been loved as much as she loved me.
I remember a feeding just after her eyes had opened. Following a warm bath and a dryer, I placed her back in her warmed little box, where I had given her a wind up tick tock clock and a little red and white snoopy dog. As I placed her in her box, she immediately went over to her clock and gave it a touching hug, and then to her snoopy doll for a lot more of the same, and then off to bed and just as quickly to sleep. It was almost eerie it was so touching.
I was mommy ok in every sense, complete with that extra sense of concern and alarm that only a mother can share when her baby is in danger. Like the time she followed my unaware son into the tool shed. I was in the kitchen when I sensed something was wrong. When I found her she had crawled up a bench to a window with a broken pane and was stranded straddled between two jagged pieces. Had she moved another inch she would have cut herself to ribbons. She had made NO noise of any kind but was definitely afraid and waited patiently until I found her and extricated her. And she would often know just what I was thinking as well.
She learned everything I taught her and excelled in social skills ........ and then learned on her own .......... how to defeat the child proof mechanism on a bic lighter ....... and then light it.
She woke me every morning with a kiss. Came to give me a hug and a kiss every night before bedtime. And was apt to attack at any other time for a little - "just thought I'd tell you how much I really love you sugars". She was playful and loving to the nth degree but never destructive in the least. To this day we can't remember her ever destroying a thing. She had her toys and most were not bought.
She watched cartoons with me every night as we shared a mutually favorite snack cashews. We showered together, cooked (taste tested) and cleaned (pun) house together (not the vacuum!!).
She was very concerned about my back pain and would fret, and often bring me one or two of her favorite bright red soda bottle caps. Of course who wouldn't feel better after such touching concern. When she came in season she was no trouble for me in the least. The same was not true , however, for my roommate ....... her betrothed. When he wouldn't cooperate with "mother nature" she became upset and moved back in with "her mother", me. She was so upset with him she would not allow him to so much as raise his voice in anger or dis-pleasure at me, and would stand between us to make sure!! Of course she loved us both ....... but you "do NOT mess with my mamma" specially when I'm on the rag!!
When either one of us would leave for work she worried the whole time. Upon returning, it was time for celebration !! The biggest celebration was the trip home from the grocery store "with ALL those goodies and presents ALL just for her !! And she got to go thru the sacks to find the best goodies. (usually bought just for her to find)
In Texas it is against the law to posess a raccoon. And against the law for a vet to treat them. They have to report you to the authorities or it's their license. Of course the State of Texas will assist you in killing as many as you like. Destiny died recently from a very bad flu she caught from me. I couldn't get her to a vet, and my skills were inadeguate to save her. Something is dreadfully wrong with this picture.
I lost a son to a drunk driver 21 years ago and this loss is just about as emotional.
These animals are among the top 5 intelligent animals on earth, in which humans are at the top of the group. Losing her was much more like losing a daughter than some pet. I've had every kind of animal there is. I was raised on a farm. But nothing prepared me for this. And to think, I was a criminal for saving her life to begin with.
Destiny had one brief year on this planet. It was, however, a year full of love and happiness, security and comfort. I can only hope I see her again, as I believe I will if I'm lucky enough to make it to the same gate.
Raccoons eat everything,
they even ate my trash: a blue plastic cup, a nacho plater, and a chicken leg bone!
"The greatness of a nation can be seen, by how the treat their animals"... "GANDHI"
I just wanted to take the time to post about a wonderful family of humans I met this weekend. They had found a family of babies, mother gone, abandoned babies for whatever reason. Well the whole family tried to save these little guys, one son bottle feeding, all taking turns. Now all us raccoon companions know what a handful these guys can be, thats a lot. Well 2 babies died, and the 3rd lived for 1 and 1/2 years. This family went driving to basically the end of there state to try and help this little girl with getting the medicine that might help. And had to call and drive to the ends of the earth to get some. No one told these people they had to do this, they wanted to. No one told these people to keep trying to save this little girl, no matter the cost. They just did it with little regard for themselves. I wish there were more people out there like carmela's family. Everytime I see a trapper, a skinner, a fur trader or someone putting poison out for this kind creature, I will think of this family. And hope more people will open there homes, there lives, and there hearts to help an orphan "critter" because as we all have learned, I think they teach us more about kindness, compassion and love, more then we have taught them. Thank you to all the carmela's of the world and families like her's, we need more of them. mary
As spring is coming I received some info I had forgotten, and some I did not know, which when comes to helping these little guys I always try to share. Dehydration in little ones and adults is a problem if they are not eating. Some signs of this can be seen by pinching the skin by the neck, does it snap back right away or not. If not, it should. Sugar water can and will help with this problem along with pedialight[sp]. Now my guys love ensure, despite this lactose thing that's out there, and have loved it for seven years total. But when I learn something I want to share. I have done the sugar water, watch this my guy acted like he drank 50 cups of coffee, so maybe he wasn't as dehydrated as I thought. But whatever works and won't harm them is ok. mary
hi alex,just read your email,my name is mary,i already have a female named nakoosa and another male on the way in the spring,but this little girl needs someone very special who can help her get over her loss of you,its gonna hurt her since she is so bonded to you,i have emailed a very good person who definetlly understands what xena will go thru from her loss of you,perhaps she will be able to help xena out,i will let u know as soon as i hear from her,she definetlly ,i have no doubt,if she chooses can be that special person to help xena,i think that was her name i apologize if i am wrong on her name,mary
hey selena if u r going to do something please dont make it cruel,i am just curious why dont u want them around your house?you live in a wooded area,well thats kinda part of there home also,but just f.y.i.depending where u live late march, april,may is when they have there babies and they r more nutureing[sp] then most parents i see today so moving them during that time would result in certian death for her family,so whatever u decide please take that into conscideration,nakoosa wille
I am so in love with racoons. Don't get me wrong, I just don't like them by my house. I live in a small woody area and I just don't know how to get them anywhere away from me. Well, I've tried evry thing that pest control told me to do.
Hi, nakoosa here, I am looking for zorra, r.i.p.,, Man I am willing to do battle with u, but have not heard from u. I am hoping it is really just a battle of knowledge, I think most of the rehabor's heart and soul is in the rite place, so maybe we can just give the knowledge we have learned on how content these creatures can be with the proper care in "un" captivity so they think it is. But it can be done properly. Our state allows only 2 per farm. They have to be from a registered breeder. But I hope, and from talking to rehabores in there area who work for d.n.r., that's r state agency, there not as much as a-hole as the state u used to live in. Believe or not I wrote the president of the u.s.a on this issue and others concerning are companion the animal. I call them family and friends. I know they are probably at the bottom of his list, but at least I am trying. mary