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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 07:16 AM
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Raccoon Mama Frantic At Window: Couple Saves Her Boarded-Up Babies

http://www.care2.com/causes/raccoon-mama-frantic-at-win...

* by Laura Simpson
* October 28, 2011
* 10:00 pm



By Melanie Blow of New York

They say that when opportunity knocks, youd best be around to answer the door. We usually think of opportunity in financial and material terms, but sometimes being able to experience an intense bond with a wild animal is a true opportunity.

My senior year of college, my boyfriend and I moved into a little rental house on a horse farm. It was a single-story house, but it became clear our first night there that we had an upstairs neighbor a large raccoon could be heard walking and digging in our crawlspace, and at times the ceiling would actually bow from her weight. That was a little upsetting, but with a landlord eagerly offering to kill raccoons for us, what choice did we really have? He saw them as a threat to his horses.

A Noise At the Door

One afternoon early in the summer, I was cooking dinner when I heard a noise at the door. I looked out, and there on its hind legs was the raccoon, knocking, or rather scratching, on the door. I stared at her for a minute, and then called my boyfriend over. The raccoon looked at me, then got down, and went to the window, scratched at that, and then circled around the house, scratching at every door and window.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/raccoon-mama-frantic-at-win...


FULL story at link.

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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 07:37 AM
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1. That's a touching story and probably true. My dogs are human, and raccoons are at least as smart.
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the other one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 07:48 AM
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2. Animals are people. They just aren't human.
Calling animals dumb is to deny the value of intelligence to survival. Darwin would have had none of it.
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 07:59 AM
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3. At our core, we are all blessed by the same intelligence. Stupidity doesn't flourish in nature,
but is a maladaptive trait held by some human beings, particularly those with abusive power over others and those who submit willingly to it.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 08:05 AM
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4. I hate raccoons, they can tear a litter of kittens to shreds, but that is a very nice story.
:)
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postulater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 08:20 AM
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6. That's good to know.
I prefer the raccoons to feral cats as neighbors.
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 09:31 AM
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9. Good. I'll send you all the raccoons that hang around my place.
Destructive little pests, they are.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 09:32 AM
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10. Maybe you should stop and reflect on what you think there nv whino
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:17 AM
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20. I've reflected and tolerated for 27 years
They are pests. They destroy my garden, my ponds and pond plants, eat my fish and come in the house to eat the cat food and dirty up the cats' water. I've tried every form of discouragement I can think of. I am currently employing more drastic measures.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 12:10 PM
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26. +1
Edited on Sat Oct-29-11 12:13 PM by Blue_Tires
mice, roaches, squirrels, snakes, etc., all have strong parental bonds too, but once they're in or around my home see how sympathetic I get :nuke:
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 06:30 PM
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28. Sounds like how the 1% view the 99% n/t
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 06:55 AM
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33. Fore shore. LOL
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 10:22 AM
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35. I've found that moth flakes work pretty well. Not the balls. The flakes. They don't like the
smell.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 10:49 AM
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14. WTF?
:wtf:
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 08:19 AM
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5. Years ago a friend and I rescued a baby raccoon whose mother had just been ran over by a car
He took it home and bottle fed it and gave it a home until finally after about a year or so he got so big and started getting a little aggressive towards my friends young kids so he decided it was time to return the raccoon to the wild. I, my family, have our old home place where we didn't allow any hunting so I suggested I take the 'coon to my place and let him go. Well I kept him in the house a few days to kinda get used to the place and then I turned him loose and he took to the woods and I didn't see him for a year or so but I noticed that our dogs food bowl would be empty in the mornings where it used to not be so I figured the 'coon was coming during the night and eating it and that was fine with me as I liked the little fella, we had bonded long ago. One night a year or so after I turned him loose we had a bad, bad, storm, lightning and thundering wind a blowing with a vengeance and I heard the back door rattling, at first I thought that it was the wind but after a while I noticed the rattling and the wind didn't seem to jive so I go to check it out and when I opened the door on the outside of the screen door I seen Mr. Raccoon and his mate and 4 or 5 young'n so I opened the screen door and he led his family in and went directly behind the washing machine with his family following him, where he was familiar with from the few days I kept him in the house before I turned him loose. The next morning all had settled down so I opened the door and out they all went. From that day on when a storm would come up here would come the raccoon with his mate and sometimes with a family and I'd let them in and the scene would repeat. Then after a few years I never seen the raccoon again so I figured he must have got hit by a car or something like that but later my brother was talking to one of our neighbors and this neighbor was a 'coon hunter and he was telling my brother that he had gotten what he thought was the Raccoon that my friend and I had rescued and raised, even thought my neighbor knew he wasn't to be hunting on our property. His excuse was he was only following his dogs and they led him to our place. Needless to say I have nothing good to say about that neighbor and never will again.
The Raccoon knew that he could come to me in times of need. I seen right there that animals have a sense of family even with us humans that many don't believe they do.


I've told this story earlier on in my time here if anyone wants to search it out and read it if they have any doubts about what I'm saying.

Retelling this story has me crying like a baby. :cry: again.
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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 08:49 AM
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7. .............
:hug:
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 09:17 AM
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8. I needed that
Thank you :hug:
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 10:24 AM
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11. Well you made me cry too :-(
No hunting on my farm either but the coon hunters try, oh how they try. Like your neighbor, they are just following the dogs...and usually at 3 in the morning.

I feed a 3 legged raccoon on my deck. It comes up, eats cat food and fruits and veggies I put out for it. Sometimes it sleeps in the igloo I have up here for the cats if they get caught out (they run out of the electric dog door between the dogs legs) and we are not home to let them in. My cats give the raccoon wide berth but so far no trouble. It is very polite actually. Looks like one of it's front legs was caught in a trap. Sadly about any time in the evening I can turn around from the couch and see about 7 raccoons eating. I have no problem feeding them but I think the 3 legged one is now out of luck.

At my old house my neighbors used to have a string of raccoons and skunks come through the cat door, run across the living room and go downstairs to the cat feeding area. About 20 minutes later they would run back upstairs, across the living room and out the cat door. That went on for years :-)
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Worried senior Donating Member (105 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 10:41 AM
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12. I'll take animals
over people any day. I really hate hunters and don't want to see them anywhere near my place. All they want to do is kill something.
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queenjane Donating Member (258 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 10:12 AM
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34. I second that! Much prefer non-human animals! n/t
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:32 AM
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24. You made me laugh.
That must have been some sight seeing those raccoons run through the living room, down the stairs, feed and then do it all in reverse.

Ahhh, my mother always said that animals were better than most people.

:D
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lucca18 Donating Member (149 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:22 AM
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22. Thank you for caring for the raccoon.
You showed so much love and caring. I am sorry it ended that way.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:29 AM
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23. Great story, except for the part about your SOB neighbor.
Rotten bastard had no right to kill that poor animal in your property.

:mad:

Nice nonetheless.

:)
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:31 PM
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31. Now I'm misty eyed.
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Ship of Fools Donating Member (899 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 12:20 PM
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36. Wow! I think I have something in my eye ...
We spotted a couple of lone cubs in our front yard eating walnuts. VERY young, motherless. We've named them Cecil and Beanie and put dog food & water out every night. They hang around in the daytime, playing like a couple of kids in the leaves. Hope they make it, as there is a 4-lane highway about 1/2 mile from here. Coons are the best! Smart little buggers, they are ...
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 10:47 AM
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13. what a Pretty Picture of Her Too...
great story.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 10:50 AM
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15. I love this post.
:7
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 10:55 AM
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16. A threat to his horses???
I have to say that raccoons around the farm can be a problem, but not to the horses. To the chickens, the trash cans, the grain....yes.

I get the occasional raccoon, but the dog gets so hysterical they don't hang around long.

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Strelnikov_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:01 AM
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17. Raccoon out in day, stay the hell away n/t

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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:09 AM
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18. Yep, rabies is ALWAYS a potential issue with raccoons.
They cannot be successfully vaccinated against rabies the way a dog can--at least that is what a couple of vets and a wildlife conservation officer have all told me over the years. They sure are cute little buggers when they are babies, but that rabies thing scares me too much to ever get near one.



Laura
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:37 AM
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25. Rabies are a real issue where I am right now
The drought we've been suffering has brought more wildlife into urban and populated rural areas looking for water. Which in turn has caused an increase in rabies cases in said areas. I freely admit to having developed a certain level of concern over the local raccoons who've been showing up for a hand out, or to nose around in the trash bins in my neighborhood. The increase in possums has me less concerned, since their body temps run lower and they're not a typical rabies carrier, but the huge increase in raccoons is a serious concern. We've had several raccoons test positive. Typically it's just bats and a random skunk or two. This year it's been bats, raccoons, foxes and skunks. There's even been a positive case in one goat and one cat.

I've had to seriously rethink my relationship with the local wildlife in light of the current situation. :(
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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 03:19 PM
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27. I had not considered the increased threat you folks are facing. Wow.
I'm sorry to hear it...

You mention a cat testing positive, and it reminds me of how outraged I was when our county went to requiring a cat license (and a rabies vaccination to qualify for that license.) In my opinion, the local change was dictated solely by a need to fund a new animal control facility the county had built. I was seriously pissed off because my cat is kept indoors exclusively and I figured he's not at any serious risk for rabies. I grumbled about it all the way to the vet's office to get his shot. I was bitching to the vet and she looked at me and said, "Do you REALLY want to risk your cat?" "If he bites or scratches anybody--and there is no record of his vaccination--he'll be taken off to impound/isolation until they determine if he's rabies positive or not."

Holy crap! The light bulb went on over my head! People are putting any companion animal at risk if they don't vaccinate, and even having grown up where rabies is a known risk, I'd never considered it.


:scared:



Laura
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locahungaria Donating Member (194 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:15 AM
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19. Thank you for posting.....
I just love this story!
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 11:21 AM
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21. Ahhhh, what a sweet article.
It brought tears to my eyes. Kudos to the couple who figured out what the momma raccoon needed and were willing to help her.

:-)
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 07:50 PM
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29. Great story. Thanks for posting.
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 08:11 PM
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30. One spring in western NC where we used to live a momma raccoon started to show up
on the upstairs porch for food - I gave her some bananas, and she was polite, ate them, and left. She came back several days in a row after that (she looked skinny and hungry and it was obvious she was nursing and tired) and I gave her more fruit. One day - in the middle of the day (I was used to seeing her around dusk) - she showed up with 8 babies in tow. Poor woman. Eight frisky crawling curious babies. No wonder she was worn out with those kids crawling all over her. She had to nurse 8 babies, and if I was able to help her in any way, I was glad of it.

So I gave them all bananas, some apples, and a loaf of bread which they all ate like they were having a picnic on the little grassy area at the bottom of the porch steps.

The next day, they all showed up again, Momma at the top step of the porch stairs, and then her eight little babies on the steps below her. I put food out, and she wasn't interested. She just hung around for a bit, peeked in the screened in porch area, and then took her babies and left. Didn't see her after that. But I *swear* she was thanking me, and brought her kids to thank me, too. It really was the damnedest thing, because she came by for a purpose to see me, and not for food.

I'll feed anyone or anything that needs or wants food, and I really admire raccoons. But I had never had one seek me out like that for purposes other than food. It just killed me, too, that she brought all her kids along to say "Thanks for the bananas, Mrs. Flaxbee!".
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