Our Mother's Day was spent much differently this year. My neighbor found two little orphaned raccoons on her front porch and asked me to take care of them as she was rushing out to work.
Poor babies were huddled in a corner by her garage door on top of each other for warmth. We scooped them up and quickly gave them a box, and an old rugand towels for warmth and security.
When we got them, they were pretty far gone with a glazed look in their eyes, and I wasn't sure we could save them. Per internet instructions, we first gave them Pedialyte to rehydrate them, and after just one feeding, they were showing more spunk. By the second feeding of Pedialyte, they were taking it eagerly and by the third feeding, we were giving them a kitten milk replacement formula.
It didn't take them long to come out of hiding once they understood where the food source was and they would practically fight over the formula we were feeding from an eye dropper, anticipating our hands every movement.
We named them Ricky and Rascal. This picture is of my daughter, Kate, with Ricky who bonded with her within a few hours of feeding.
Unfortunately, tomorrow we will be taking them to a local wildlife rescue center that will continue to raise them and then release them into the wild. It will be hard to part with them, but it is definitely in their best interest since we have the new baby chicks and a dog who would definitely kill them if given the chance.
They definitely gave us a Mother's Day we will never forget and revived memories of around the clock feedings.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.