Feeding The Baby Raccoons

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While recently visiting my brother, one Autumn day in another Canadian province, I had the pleasure to meet mother raccoon and her three babies.

Photo taken of me with the raccoons by my sister using my phone.



The three young raccoons visit my brother’s deck each evening and wait for him to set out separate dishes in the driveway with their food.





The young raccoons like having their own bowl and this keeps them from fighting with each other over food. The mother doesn’t show up until much later.





The smart little masked bandit has a lifespan in the wild of about three years. These ones will, no doubt, live longer if my brother keeps feeding them.

Three of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws, its facial mask, and its ringed tail, which are themes in the mythologies of the indigenous peoples of the Americas relating to the animal. The raccoon is noted for its intelligence, as studies show that it is able to remember the solution to tasks for at least three years. It is usually nocturnal and omnivorous, eating about 40% invertebrates, 33% plants, and 27% vertebrates.
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A full grown raccoon. This is one that visits my back deck in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The photo shows his masked face and ringed tail. I would guess this adult weights about 25 or 30 lbs.


Photos and text by me unless otherwise stated.




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How lovely to see them in real life, another animal I would love to meet one day never having seen them.

Prefer their own bowls makes for interesting reading, having wildlife come to the home a treat!

@tipu curate

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Thanks Joan and for the tipu. It is a special treat when they visit.

Have a wonderful week, my friend. 😊

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How are you dear friend @redheadpei good day
What beautiful animals, I love to see how friendly they are
Beautiful shots, I appreciate you sharing this experience
Have a nice week

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We raised a baby raccoon after its mother was killed. We kept it until he came of age and left on his own, I am guessing to find a female friend. I kept dog food in a cabinet on the porch and he figured out how to get it open and eat the dog food.

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Nice you cared for the baby raccoon, @myjob. The one that visits me likes cat food and any leftover human food. 😆

I hope your week is going pleasantly. 😊

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My week has been going well but things will change in the next day or two. we have a hurricane approaching.

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I see that Hurricane Nicole is heading your way. I hope everything will be alright. I guess you won’t be going out fishing for a few days.

We just had Hurricane Fiona blow furiously through here leaving lots of damage, especially downed trees and power lines. We lost power for a week but some households were without hydro for 3 weeks.

Take care and be safe. 💕

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Thank you, yes it is heading for me or maybe 40 miles south, but we will still get its weather. We drove to the boat ramp today to look at the river and there are surfing-size waves in the river, we only have 50-mile-an-hour winds right now.

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I just saw an update on the hurricane.

Nicole strengthens into a hurricane after striking the Bahamas and is heading toward the east coast of Florida

It is a scary feeling with a hurricane coming your way. Hunker down and keep safe.

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I think we are going to almost get a direct hit, if not I know we will get hurricane-force winds.

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what a beautiful creature those looks too cute!! your sister have them really well cared

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Yes I think they are cute too. It’s nice to see them happy and healthy. 😊

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