the sound of chattering came once again from the back property.
where, underneath the old retired RV sits, a mother raccoon has died,
leaving behind her babies.
A couple of days before I had found this little fellow and spent a good bit of time trying to locate a wildlife rehabilitator. One person told me to just let it loose in the woods............
it is such a tiny baby.......and look at those eyes...........how could I do that?
Instead, I placed him in a carrier and finally found a veterinarians office about 80 miles away who takes in all kinds of orphaned animals......including raccoons.
The first day one of the assistants me me half way and picked this small fellow up
but this morning, the office was short handed and we opted to drive these two to the shelter.
They had gone days without being fed
and were so desperate for a feeding that they chattered and sucked on my fingers , as they rode in my lap all the way to their new home. I can understand why people want to keep these little critters as pets. They are so lovable. But it takes 12 weeks of 4 hour around the clock feedings and a year of learning from their mother before they are ready to be on their own. .
It takes a rehabilitator this much time to get them prepared for the wild.
But I feel so lucky to have been able to hold and cuddle such wild creatures.
Another strange visitor that is not supposed to even live here was this squirrel. He showed up a few days ago and I hope predators do not get him.
The animal shelter that took in the baby coons had an amazing array of different animals.
All who had been abandoned by previous owners/
There were camels
a lonesome looking monkey
very friendly doves
a beautiful white turkey
and lots of horses........
this one I would have loved to take home!
There were also large lizards, crocodiles and snakes.
Meanwhile, inside.......baby Taboo is growing......
and longs to be able to go outside........
but for now........it is way too wild for such a small kitty.