North East Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Coalition is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. We are a group of licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and these are the tales of the injured and orphaned animals we care for until they are able to be released back into the wild.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Number 9!

Here is River. I went to work yesterday at 3 and by 3:30 we got a call about a baby raccoon possibly hit by a car....on River St. of course! Well she hadn't been hit but had a little scrape on her nose and her right eye is slightly puffy.
After talking to people in the area, I have no idea what her story is! She just "suddenly appeared" screaming on the sidewalk, on a very busy city street, with all kinds of people hanging around....and no one knows where she came from. What are the chances of that! No one has seen any raccoons in the area or claimed to have a possible nest in an attic or house or anywhere! (And the whole neighborhood was out watching as me and the officer that responded to the initial call checked her out) Amazing.

An older baby and in pretty good shape....only slightly dehydrated, so my first thought mom was moving her kits and River got separated....but the more I think about it, the more I doubt how likely it was a mother raccoon was moving her brood in broad daylight at 3:30 in the afternoon, right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of people and traffic.....She would have waited until it was quieter later that night.
Wanting to keep an eye on possible trauma and not very comfortable with putting her back in the situation she came from by trying to reunite with a mother I don't even know is around in a very bad spot, she has settled in nicely in the number 9 slot of our growing family!

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