After raccoon babies are born, the adult female raccoon leaves them behind in the nest to out and forage for food. She needs to eat enough food to produce milk for her young. After 12 weeks, the baby raccoons are old enough to roam around the far from their mother for an entire night. However, they will be completely independent after 8 to 12 months.
What do baby raccoons eat? For the first six weeks, the baby raccoons are completely dependent on their mother’s milk. As they grow older following their mother, they begin to learn how to forage for food and are introduced to eating berries, nuts, insects, frogs, and fish.
What do you do when you find an abandoned baby raccoon? In case you bump into an abandoned baby raccoon in your property, the first thing you need to do is check its well being.
Find out of:
• It is bleeding or injured
• The baby raccoon is cold or lethargic
• Does it have any broken limbs?
• Is its head tilted?
• Have you spotted the dead mother?
• Does the raccoon have abrasions?
What to do if you find an injured baby raccoon First, you will need to get the baby raccoon secured. Put the injured baby raccoon in a small cardboard box. Add a t-shirt or towel for warmth. Baby raccoons still get cold even on a hot day. Ensure the baby raccoon is secured and in a warm, dark, and quiet place. Do not feed the baby raccoon. Contact your local wildlife rehabilitator immediately.
Reuniting mother and baby raccoon
Place the cardboard box with the baby raccoon close to the location it was discovered. Be patient and leave the baby raccoon for an entire night to see if its mother will come back looking for it. Raccoons are nocturnal animals, and they will come looking for their babies in the night. Ensure the baby raccoon is warm throughout the night. If you kept the baby inside the cardboard box the entire night without any sign of the mother, the baby is probably orphaned. Mother raccoons rarely abandon their young, and something might have happened. At this point secure the baby raccoon inside the cardboard box and contact your local wildlife rehabilitator for advice. Do not feed the baby raccoon.