Raccoon Reunite – The Hand-Off

One particularly lovely thing that can happen in wildlife rehabilitation is a reunite of a displaced baby with its mom. If the baby or babies are in good health and the particulars of circumstance and location are right, it is possible to attempt to reunite the “orphan” with its mom. However, in far too many …

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A Special Raccoon Release

Remember the little singleton raccoon that needed a bath this summer? We released him last Sunday, along with 6 other juvenile raccoons! Baby raccoons do not do well as singletons, so we create family groups of usually 4-8 orphans. They also do better when released as a group; they look out for each other and …

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out

Difficult as it may be to believe, my favorite thing about raccoon foster care is not picking up a steaming pile at 6:30 in the morning. No, my favorite thing is releasing them into the wild! It was time for 4 lucky contestants to venture out into the world last Friday. Scheduling was an issue, …

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Everyone Needs a Bath Sometime

This is my sixth year doing raccoon foster care for WildCare but last weekend I got to do something I hadn’t done before: give a raccoon a bath! We have a little singleton raccoon who came in about 2 weeks ago. He’s the guy we got the message about after we got back from Santa …

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“That boy is about as sharp as a bowlin’ ball”

Over the last 5 years of volunteering at WildCare, I have done things that I never would have believed I had the stomach for. I have given shots, sutured a gash in an opossum, cleaned up pounds of raccoon poop in one fell swoop, disemboweled various food items, and cleaned deep, superating puncture wounds. Honestly, …

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