Baby Raccoon: SB Wildlife Care Network's Patient of the Week
Patient #518 of 2021: Northern Raccoon
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) received its first baby raccoon of the season. This Northern raccoon was found all by itself by a citizen rescuer in Ojai and was brought to the Center for care. When it arrived a few weeks ago, this raccoon was thought to be just one week old and only weighed about five ounces.
SBWCN receives hundreds of orphaned mammals every year, including raccoons, opossums, skunks. Infant raccoons are a handful to take care of – they require about five to six feedings everyday, even throughout the night. These raccoons need care until they’re old enough to be on their own, which could be anywhere from five to six months!
Fun facts about baby raccoons:
-Baby raccoons are called “kits.”
-When they’re hungry, they’ll cry and make chirping sounds.
-Their eyes typically won’t open until about four weeks old.
Love raccoons? Become a raccoon sponsor for SBWCN! Visit https://www.sbwcngifts.com/sponsor-an-animal to learn more. If you ever come across a baby animal that you believe needs help, call the SBWCN Helpline: (805) 681-1080.