Helena's Photo Blog

Raising Raccoons

Mon Aug 03, 09 1:10 pm

Meet Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy--the four raccoons that Ava raised this Summer.

They were orphaned this Spring, so Ava (more than willingly) took them under her wing and raised them until they were ready to go out to the wild on their own.

Our German Shepherd, Vreni, adopted them and treated them as if they were her own puppies.

Ava built a cage for them outside, but every so often let them into the house for a little fun.

They are quite tame and friendly. And like to snuggle.

This is the fourth batch of raccoons Ava has raised.

But it's never been four at a time before. Shocked

In the middle of Summer they started growing a mile a minute.

They learned to climb trees--a very important skill if they want to survive in the wild!

We faithfully video taped them during their different stages so as to make a movie later on.

It was hard for Ava to know that they would eventually be leaving.

But we had several months of enjoying their mischievous ways.

With friend, Adam F..

What to do with a misbehaving raccoon. Do not try this on a wild raccoon. Shocked

Meeting a beard for the first time. (friend Bruno R.)

Eventually, Ava started letting them out at night (raccoons are nocturnal) and bringing them back to their cage in the morning. Then they started not coming back in the mornings--they would be gone for a couple days at a time. One of the raccoons left for good on their own, and the other three Ava released several miles from our house (so that our dogs would not hunt them).

The last one was released this past week while I was in TN. They sure are fun little animals to be around. Smile

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I read your blog!

Now I want a baby raccoon. Sad

Why didn't you warn me your blog would make me so unhappy? Crying or Very sad
nathanbackinlatinWNU, Mon Aug 03, 09 1:24 pm Post

Awwwww! :melts: How adorable!
Heather Belle 5GC, Mon Aug 03, 09 1:36 pm Post

Very cute.

Nathan's comment reminded me of that Water Buffalo song from Veggie Tales. Very Happy
Evan Pederson, Mon Aug 03, 09 2:01 pm Post

Laughing @ Nathan & Evan.
Very nice pictures. I like you in that hat. Smile
Lilybeth, Mon Aug 03, 09 2:06 pm Post

Awww...they're so cute!! Now I want one too. Wink

Nathan and Evan: Haha! Laughing
Sydney Marie, Mon Aug 03, 09 3:28 pm Post

I had no idea baby raccoons were so adorable! Very Happy
Amiable Amy, Mon Aug 03, 09 3:38 pm Post

How adorable! Thanks for posting! I agree with the others...I want one now, too. Wink
Jessica, Mon Aug 03, 09 7:26 pm Post

They're so cute!
The beard picture made me ---> Laughing
Rowena, Mon Aug 03, 09 10:24 pm Post

Aww, Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed it!
Amy, Wed Aug 05, 09 7:41 pm Post

Awww! How adorable! I'd love to be able to play with a baby raccoon. They are such smart animals.

I once raised a baby squirrel, and that was a bit of a job. I can't imagine raising FOUR racoons! Shocked

And the names are cute, too. Very Happy
Jo the Merry, Fri Aug 14, 09 9:30 am Post
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