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Baby raccoons put out with the trash

Baby raccoon upon intake. Photo by Kate Lynch
After his hours on top of the trash heap, this baby was slightlly dehydrated. Here he's being weighed upon intake at WildCare. Photo by Kate Lynch

Baby raccoons orphaned and left on a junk pile

Every day this time of year, WildCare's 24-hour Living with Wildlife Hotline and our WildCare Solutions service receive calls about raccoons denning under people's homes or in their attics.

Most people think that a raccoon family that has moved in is here to stay, but in fact Mama Raccoon and babies will leave together once the babies are old enough.

We do everything we can to encourage homeowners to wait, usually only a few weeks, for the young raccoon family to grow up and leave the den site. Then entry points may be safely sealed up (we recommend using a professional service like our WildCare Solutions) to prevent unwanted wildlife neighbors from coming back.

Whoever found these four baby raccoons obviously didn't know that, and instead orphaned these little babies and left them to die in an empty junk lot.

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Help us cover these raccoons' $96.04 a week food bill!

During their stay at WildCare, we will feed these rambunctious raccoons a varied diet and introduced them to a wide range of the foods they'll find in the wild.

For about $3.43 per day these babies will grow up healthy and gain weight on fruit, fish and the other items that you see in the menu box on the right.

These four orphans will stay with us for more than three months before they will be ready to return to the wild. That means feeding this quartet will cost at least $1,234.80 during their stay at WildCare, and WildCare treats over 100 raccoons each year!

Help us alleviate their food bill (and feed the dozens of baby raccoons we'll foster at WildCare this summer!) by donating 10, 15 or 20 raccoon meals.

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  Raccoon baby at WildCare. Photo by Alison Hermance
  One of the four siblings gets his afternoon feeding. Photo by Alison Hermance

Fortunately, they were found before it was too late.

Because they were in an empty lot, there was no way to know from where they had come, so returning these young raccoons to their mother's care wasn't an option.

Upon arrival at WildCare, they were immediately given a full physical. Each baby had his or her eyes and ears checked, and their mouths were examined to check their hydration levels.

The babies had been exposed to the afternoon sun and were somewhat dehydrated, but overall they were in good shape. Medical Staff gave them subcutaneous fluids, and then introduced them to the specialized baby formula that will replace their mother's milk while they are in our care.

They went into care with a Raccoon Foster Care specialist, where they are being fed this specialized formula at regular intervals.

As human mothers do, these babies' Foster Care mother started introducing them to solid foods to not only prepare them for the things they'll eat as adults, but also to keep their bellies full longer and extend the time between feedings of formula.

Two of the first solid things an orphaned baby raccoon in Foster Care tries are custard made from egg and the familiar-tasting milk formula, and soft-ripened persimmons defrosted from last autumn. Baby raccoons love persimmons!

Watch in the video below as this little orphan tries his custard and fruit. Be sure to turn up your sound, the slurping is the best part!

This young raccoon is discovering the joys of custard and mushy persimmon! Be sure to turn up your audio,
the lip smacking is priceless.

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