It has been total madness for us these past few weeks. We have pretty much reached our limit on baby raccoons! Laurie and I have done a little juggling to accommodate as many as possible. We're at about 50 now!
Tyson and Ali are with Laurie now and doing great. We were a little worried about Tyson for a while. He was having some issues with lifting his head and developing, but he is doing great now! Once again, living up to his name!
Chunky and Monkey, the 2 babies from Revere that came in with a runty sibling that did not survive, also went to Laurie. Unfortunately Monkey, the boy, had to be euthanized. One day he was fine, the next he stopped eating and was down. It turns out he was a ticking time bomb due to a congenital condition. His lungs were deformed and had become one big tumor. He then filled with fluid. Poor little boy. Little Chunky, the girl, seems fine and has new siblings to hang with.
Another little one from Haverhill, Haven, that came in with a sibling that also did not make it is now at Laurie's and doing awesome and her eyes are open now.
Chewie the monster coon is getting bigger and bigger every day! My goodness I have never seen such a large baby at such a young age! Snuggle, one of Laurie's, has come here to join him.
They get playtime with the 5 from the MSPCA....
.....although Chewie seems a little bewildered by the hoard of smaller babies! LOL
Snuggle takes it all in stride though.
This little boy was found at the Arnold Arboretum, so as you can probably guess, his name is Arnold! He was not a happy camper with me at first, but since becoming best buds with the older Winery babies (his choice...he picked the group he wanted to be with and made himself comfortable) he's been great and taking his bottle eagerly!
Two more boys, found by their dead mother in the road....Abbott and Costello! No problem sleeping through all the noise in here for these two!
Athos, Porthos, and D'artagnan, the 3 muskateers from the pest control debacle, are awesome and also get some playtime with the 5 MSPCA kids.
Butterball, Sticky Fingers and Peachy are 3 more that have come over from Laurie and have been joined by a single that the ARL rescued......definitely not a sick stray cat as reported! LOL
Of course Ricky, Mickey, Lefty and Righty are great! Ricky may be little, but that doesn't hold him back and he gets right in there for the battle for the bottle....they all want to be first!
I always give him his own time with the bottle! He is just so damn cute!
On the same day I had 5 very compromised and skinny babies come in. Both had been without mom for at least a week.
First 3 little ones from Townsend. Unfortunately the smallest of them did not survive. They were so starved they were sucking on themselves terribly...to the point of injury, sooooo I improvised! Turned my old socks into raccoon onesies to prevent it! After a strict re-feeding protocol, I'm happy to say the remaining 2 are now eating a normal diet and doing well....
.....and they no longer need the onesies! They are very sweet babies and now that we're getting normal poops out of them, I think they are out of the woods.
The other 2 very compromised babies came from the ARL. One has a pronounced head tilt, which has improved since admission. It is definitely no affecting him adversely. He's quite active and climbing all over everything! Tilt and his brother Whirl are doing great and also on a regular diet now. Not so friendly, but getting there! Gotta watch my fingers with these two.
Then we have the ever crazy Winery bunch! Maniacs, all of them! LOL. They love to play and are starting to eat from bowls thank God!
Little Arnold on the right here, following around his bigger siblings like a pesky little brother!
He has no problem keeping up with them!
As far as all the squirrels go, they are in an outdoor release pen and will be going soon!