Raccoons

Older baby raccoons often play under their mother’s supervision. Before disturbing them, observe from a distance to see if the mother is indeed watching over them. If the kits are energetic and healthy, leave them alone and monitor them from a distance.

When to Rescue

baby raccoonA baby mammal showing signs of illness or injury needs to be rescued.  Contact a wildlife rehabilitator and follow the baby mammal temporary care instructions.

If you find a single raccoon baby that is smaller than the length of your hand and has closed eyes, it is usually orphaned and needs rescuing.

If it is still warm and healthy though, mom may have dropped it while moving it to a different nest. Try for one night to reunite a baby with mother.

Reuniting Babies With Mother

If you found a single baby raccoon that shows no signs of illness or injury, try for at least one night to reunite the baby with its mother. Put the baby in a box it cannot climb out of (e.g. a recycle bin), and place the box as close as possible to where you found it. It is very important to keep the baby warm as the mother will not retrieve a cold baby. Put the box half-on and half-off a heating pad set to low, so that the animal can move to the non-heated side if it is too warm. Never place an animal directly on a heating pad. You can also fill a soda bottle with hot water, wrap it in a towel and brace it inside the box so that it does not roll on the baby. Replace the hot water frequently as it cools down. Leave the area and monitor every few hours. As long as the baby is warm and not in imminent danger, leave it out during the first night since the mother will usually retrieve it after nightfall.

If mother has not returned, contact a wildlife rehabilitator and follow the baby mammal temporary care instructions.

If you recently excluded a raccoon from your attic or other area and found babies left behind, immediately put the babies in a small box as close as possible to where you found them. Follow the above instructions.