Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day Adventure

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 rug and 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 themPer 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. 
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Debby said...

I know they are adorable but they are not meant to be pets. They can be very mean and dangerous. They could and would kill the chickens and the dog.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh my goodness, Cindy!

What an experience - you are far better in touch with nature than I - I woulda been scared and never would have done that.

I admire you.

Happy belated Mother's Day.

Your daughter is just beautiful, and has such a warm awesome smile and eyes that shine.

My Garden Diaries said...

What a fantastic post!!! You are so wonderful for helping these little guys! They look so sweet in these photos and so little! Now this is for sure a Mother's Day never to forget!!! And your daughter is beautiful!!! Happy Mother's day friend!

Linda said...

Glad you had a good, if somewhat unusual Mother's Day and weekend, Cindy! I wonder why they were abandoned? Do you think the mother is still around? You've given them a start in life yourself so they should do ok at the rescue centre. Have a good week with the chicks as you've got plenty to do with the help of your sweet daughter.

Gone Country said...

Aw! Good for you! I would've done the same thing.

Glad they'll be taken care of and reintroduced back to the wild.

Virginia Megin Gallagher said...

What a sweet story! They are adorable!
I'm visiting you today from a Stroll Thru Life. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat). I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my what a cute post. They are so cute and such little babies. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Lucille said...

A loving gesture on your part. Your daughter is very pretty!

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

Awesome post! How wonderful of you all to nurse them back to health...What a beautiful thing..Gods good shepherds of nature :)

Winnie said...

It's a beautiful post!!
Very brave of you not to keep them and I really salute you for that

Virginia Megin Gallagher said...

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