Monday, August 3, 2015
Baby raccoon, what can I do?
Terrible high-pitched cries made me look around my property just in time to see a baby raccoon, barely 10 inches long, come out from under the garden shed. It seems to be blind, because it never saw me come out of the house and watch it from the height of the back porch.
Still screeching, it tumbled in the grass, bumped into the garage a couple of times, stumbled around the garage a couple of times, coming back on its trail many times. Is it in pain? Hungry? Looking for its mother?
It finally shut up when it found something to eat near the surface of the soil under the crab apple tree up front. I came out the front porch, and still it never saw me or sensed my presence.
I don't want to feed it and make it depend on humans to survive. I know the authorities dropped rabies cookies in our area. So that is a problem, but not worth calling the wardens, I don't think.
Funny thing is, the cries never woke up my two sleeping cats, even though the sound of it calling out tore at my heart, poor beast.
Posted by Amie du Richelieu at 3:00 PM