Baby Raccoon

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Finding a baby Raccoon

What do you do if you found a young raccoon?

If you find a baby raccoon and you are not sure if it is too young to be on its own, you can place it in a deep container, possibly a clean trash can, using a blanket net and / or gloves to pick it up.  Give it a blanket or towel or sheet to hide in and call a wildlife rehabilitator to ask for further instructions.

Any baby raccoon crying on the ground is in possible need of help, or if it looks injured or has been in water or is covered with flies follow the above instructions for containing it. Place a light sheet over the top of the container to keep the flies off then call a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.

You may offer it water, or pedialyte in a non-tippable container.  Do not feed an orphan milk or formula of any sort.

****Always use caution when handling wild animals, being especially careful not to get bitten or come in contact with the animal’s saliva.****

If you find an injured young raccoon, you can place it in a deep container, possibly a clean trash can using a blanket and/or gloves to pick it up.  Give it a blanket, towel, or sheet to hide in and immediately call a wildlife rehabiliitator for further instructions.

If you want to be more cautious, you can place a clean trash can upside down on top of the animal, making sure it will not overheat on a hot day.  Place a cinder block or something heavy on top of the trash can so it cannot escape from underneath.  immediately call a wildlife rehabilitator for further instructions.

If you do not reach someone within a reasonable period of time, and you are concerned about the animals well-being under the trash can, you can slowly inch a flat piece of wood under the upside down can, then tilt the trash can right side up.  Give the raccoon a blanket, towel, or sheet to hide under and wait for instructions from the wildlife rehabilitator.

****Always use caution when handling wild animals, especially careful not to get bitten or come in contact with the animals saliva****