Having this little critter in our home this week has been an amazing and enlightening journey. I have grown very attached and protective of this
raccoon and he has grown to trust me. They are such smart little life forms. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything, but I would definitely do
things differently if presented with a similar situation in the future.
Below are some things I have learned this week.
1. DO NOT TAKE IN AN ORPHANED RACCOON. You may think you are helping the guy, but your doing more harm than good. If you come across what you believe
is an orphaned baby critter and you want to help, call your local wild life association and or a licensed rehabilitator first and have them take the
animal. This gives the animal a MUCH greater chance of making it in the wild afterwards than hand rearing him.
2. Apparently it is illegal in Ohio to have a raccoon as a "pet" without proper licenses.
3. No one will take a human raised raccoon for rehabilitation. The main reason for this is apparently in Ohio, they have to be released back into the
wild in the same county they were found in and no one wants to deal with this.
4. Raccoon's are my spirit animal. One part cute, one part, fluffy, one part raging A-hole.
5. Raccoon's are very smart. I have enjoyed watching him learn things on an almost human-esk level of problem solving. It's amazing actually and has
definitely increased my respect for raccoons in the wild. Some animals are a lot smarted than humans give them credit.
The wife and I have exhausted all means of getting this lil guy into a rehabilitation and or educational program so are forced to go with plan Z. We
have some family friends that have property backed up to a good bit of wooded area with a creek and a quarry not far from that. They are going to take
Bandit and set his cage out back of their house with blankets for warmth and will provide food for a bit while avoiding any contact with him. The hope
is that he will eventually ween himself off of human support for food and will meander about his business back into the wild all while keeping a
watchful eye on him in case things don't work out and we will figure out where to go from there. It's the best we can do at this time.
I sure will miss this critter and have enjoyed my time with him in our life, but it's not an ideal situation for either of us.
Thank's to everyone who replied.
edit on 9 25 2015 by SgtHamsandwich because: (no reason given)
edit on 9 25 2015 by SgtHamsandwich because: (no reason