Adoption of the Raccoon

Years ago my family was having farmland cleared where there were lots of big trees. From the homestead we could hear the equipment humming as the procedure was taking place.

Soon my husband appeared at the door with a tiny bundle wrapped in a cloth and when he pulled back the cover there was the smallest little raccoon I had ever seen.

It turns out that one of the larger trees that had been toppled had housed a raccoon nest and the baby had tumbled out with the nest as the tree fell.

Our children were so thrilled with this cute little creature that everybody began hurrying around to find a bed for it which turned out to be a doll’s bed and then there was food that had to be located….but what food?

We decided that since this raccoon was a baby that milk was the only possibility so we began to feed the it with a tiny doll’s plastic bottle.

Since raccoons gestation period is about 65 days and the “kits”, as the babies are called, will have 3 to 5 siblings there were probably more raccoons produced on the land before it was totally cleared.

The females tend to live in their particular area in a group as do the males in their separate group until mating season.

Females home range in cities is considered to be about 7 acres to males range which is up to some 12,000 acres in the wild.

The lifespan of the raccoon in the wild is about 2-3 years while in captivity they can live up to 20 years.