Here is hoping everyone had a safe and Happy New Year! May your 2015 be warm and fuzzy!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Well, now that things are a little quieter, I've had some time to go through some of the various videos from this past year. Some are interesting, some just darn cute and all of them will give you a little peak into raccoon life...so enjoy!
Early spring and summer is when all my local wild girls start to come out more frequently. Most of my time taking care of the crew in the outdoor pens, I am accompanied by them as they claim first dibs on whatever I have, or just like to hang around and follow me on my rounds.
Belle is no exception. We've been through a lot together since 2006 and we will always be buddies.
She also tends to follow me on my rounds.....you know, just in case I'm holding back with something better for someone else! She's smart enough to defer to the bolder of the geese though!
The mom's with kits old enough to travel are out and about a lot too! This one has her hands full with 5 of them!
It is always good to see Dandy and her kits! She's a special girl who was lucky enough to have Dr. McGrath fix her up and make it possible for her to be released again! It's been years since her surgery and it's great to see her still doing so well.
No one screws with the raccoons around here either! For the most part, if the raccoons don't want the coyote near, they make it well known and are constantly chasing them off. This time of year, some of the raccoons are almost as big as the coyotes! I wouldn't screw with them either! You'll notice the skunk never even bats an eye! LOL
The Winery babies needed a clean up after a messy bowl feeding. What better way to do it than make it a playtime in the tub!
Feeding time can be a little crazy and messy when starting to get some of them on solids.
After playtime, it's time to sort them out and get food down for the weaned kits and bottles ready for the non-weaned kits.
After eating, more playtime! It's always playtime as far as raccoons are concerned!
When Tilt came in he had a very obvious head tilt! By the time he was released, it was totally gone!
The Townsed babies were in very rough shape when they came in. Very emaciated and dehydrated, they were constantly sucking on their penises, causing additional problems. Nothing a little homemade raccoon onesie couldn't solve!
Fast forward and the Townsend Twins are re hydrated, have gained some weight and are more focused on having fun than sucking their penises!
Then we have Tuk. He had a little trouble fitting in out among the wild ones at first. Always getting beat up and relying on refuge here, meeting up with me like clockwork when I was out caring for the outside crew.
But it wasn't long before he found his niche out there! And I'm guessing the massive size he grew to had a lot to do with it! I don't see him everyday anymore, but he's doing well and finally taking care of himself.
Just a few of the many over this past season. Hard to believe all that craziness is gone now and most of the wild crew out there (including Tuk) have settled into less time coming out, and more time staying holed up safe and warm. Most of them I will not see anymore until spring, when once again, the nice weather brings them out to visit and spend time with Mom!
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Whole Foods Melrose, Thanksgiving around here was pretty great for any of the gang that happened to be hanging around! It doesn't get any better than this!
Tuk gave me a little scare. I was so used to seeing him every night, then suddenly I didn't see him at all! As it went on a week I became worried. Now I knew I would eventually start to see him less and less....just not so suddenly! I decided to take a walk out back one night and was thrilled to find the little fatty holed up in one of the den boxes left out there. Whew!
He's still happy to see mom, but he's officially a big boy now, acting like one of the wild gang. The whole gang has been pretty scarce lately, ever since the cold and snowy weather moved in, and he's been no different. He doesn't always stay in the den box either, but I pop down there to check, and run into him once a week or so and have a visit.
Things did not go so well for the last two young ones we had come in. I ended up having to euthanize the little boy I found out back while looking for Tuk that day. The rear legs were totally paralyzed and there was no chance of improvement.
Another youngster that Laurie had gotten in did not fare so well either. After a month of observation, she vaccinated her and moved her over here. We got her settled in and snuggled in a nice den box with a soft fur coat.Shortly after she began showing obvious signs of rabies. We ended up having to euthanize her and had her tested. She was, in fact, positive. Laurie has been keeping in contact with one of the vets at the rabies control program who is looking into the possibility of the rabies vaccine bringing it out if she was harboring it.
Very sad endings for two adorable youngsters.
There's been a lot of other activity out in the woods. The beavers are definitely back! Along with the familiar tail slaps I have been hearing again, they have been assisting me with clearing the paths and around the feeders. (Forgive the quality of the rest of the pictures...it was the best I could do in the pitch black with only my cell phone!)
Upon checking the empty feeders, I discovered this guy trapped in one of them. Seeing as it was pitch black out, I have him set up safe and sound inside for the night and I'll release him in the morning when he can see and it is safe.
While collecting the blue jay, a very eager flying squirrel did just about everything but run me over in an attempt to get to the feeder! It was adorable to watch because it really wanted to get to the feeder, but it didn't know what to think of me, so it kept running away then running back over to check things out, squeaking at me the whole time! I tried to get a picture, but zippy was pretty quick! Managed to get the tail end though, as it zipped up the tree one last time.
Ran into one last visitor before coming back in. Kind of hard to tell, but that's one of the possies hanging out up a tree, waiting for me to leave so it can come down and forage in peace.....or maybe hiding out after hearing the screech owls talking back and forth. (although, this guy was little, it was still to big for a screech I think.)
Otherwise, all is quiet on the home front for the time being....