When baby raccoons are born, they are completely dependent on their mom. They remain in the nest as
she goes out to forage for food. She needs to eat to help produce milk for her young. After 12 weeks, they
will begin roaming from their mother, sometimes for whole nights. The baby raccoons will be
independent after 8 to 12 months.
What do baby raccoons eat?
For the first six weeks of their lives, baby raccoons will depend on their mother’s milk for nutrition. After
12 weeks, they will begin following their mother out to learn how to forage for food. They will soon be
introduced to eating nuts, berries, insects, frogs, and fish.
What to do when you find an abandoned baby raccoon
In case you have bumped into a baby raccoon in your property without its mom, the first thing you need
to do is check on its wellbeing. Find out if the baby raccoon is:
- Lethargic or cold
- Is the head tilted?
- Does it have a matted or patchy coat?
- Is it injured or bleeding?
- Does the baby raccoon have abrasions?
What to do if you find an injured baby raccoon
The first thing you need to do is get the baby raccoon secured. Place the baby raccoon in a cardboard box.
Put a soft t-shirt or towel for warmth. Baby raccoons will get cold even on a warm day. Keep the baby in
a warm, dark and quiet location. Do not feed or give water to the baby raccoon. Instead, contact your
local wildlife rehabilitator immediately.
How to reunite the baby raccoon with its mother
Place the cardboard box with the baby raccoon back to the location where it was discovered. Be patient.
Leave the baby raccoon out for an entire night to see if its mother will come back looking. Raccoons are
nocturnal animals; the mother will most likely come back looking for her young one at night. Ensure the
cardboard box is warm throughout the night.
If the adult female raccoon didn’t come back looking for her baby, chances are something happened.
Raccoons rarely abandon their young. Ensure the baby remains contained and has a heat source. Avoid
feeding the baby raccoon at all costs. Contact your local wildlife rehabilitator for advice.
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