Raccoons are known for their distinctive black mask and ringed tail. These omnivores are found throughout North America, and are known for their intelligence and adaptability. Baby raccoons, also known as kits or cubs, are born in the spring and are incredibly cute. But if you find a baby raccoon in the wild, what should you do? In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about baby raccoons, including how to identify them, what to do if you find one, and how to care for them.
Section 1: Identifying Baby Raccoons
Baby raccoons are born in the spring, usually in April or May. They are born blind, deaf, and with no fur, and weigh only a few ounces. Over the next few weeks, their eyes and ears will develop, and they will begin to grow fur. By six weeks old, they will be fully furred and their eyes will be open. Baby raccoons will stay with their mother for up to a year, learning survival skills such as foraging for food and avoiding predators.
Section 2: What to Do if You Find a Baby Raccoon
If you come across a baby raccoon, it’s important to leave it alone if possible. It’s common for baby raccoons to be left alone while their mother goes out to forage for food, and she will return to care for her kits. If you’re concerned about the welfare of the baby raccoon, you can observe it from a distance to make sure the mother returns. If you’re certain the mother is not returning, you can contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for assistance.
Section 3: Caring for Baby Raccoons
If you find a baby raccoon that has been separated from its mother and you need to care for it, it’s important to keep in mind that raccoons are wild animals and should not be kept as pets. It’s illegal in many states to keep raccoons as pets, and they can be dangerous to handle as they have sharp claws and teeth.
If you need to care for a baby raccoon, it’s important to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who can provide you with guidance and assistance. Baby raccoons require a specialized diet and care, and should be raised with the goal of eventual release back into the wild.
Baby raccoons are adorable, but they are wild animals and should be left alone whenever possible. If you find a baby raccoon that appears to be separated from its mother, observe it from a distance to make sure the mother returns. If you’re concerned about the welfare of the baby raccoon, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for assistance. Remember, raccoons are wild animals and should not be kept as pets.