Feeding a Baby Raccoon
Feeding a baby raccoon is rewarding, and something to be taken seriously. Although it can be difficult to admit, the act of feeding a wild orphaned raccoon marks the first step towards their eventual rehabilitation and release back into their natural habitat.
Step 1: Assess the Situation
The first step in feeding a baby raccoon is to assess the situation. If the animal is unlikely to survive on its own, then it will need some kind of assistance. It is important that any contact with the animal be done in a way that does not endanger the raccoon or yourself.
Step 2: Gather the Supplies
Before you can begin feeding the raccoon, you need to have a few supplies on hand. These include:
- Syringe or dropper
- Kitten milk replacement formula
- Kitten nursing bottle
- Cotton balls
Step 3: Prepare and Feed the Raccoon
Once you have the supplies, you are ready to prepare the formula and feed the raccoon. To do this, follow these steps:
- Mix the kitten milk replacement formula according to the directions on the package.
- Fill the nursing bottle with the formula, and attach the nipple.
- Warm the formula in a pan of hot water, and let it cool to body temperature.
- Place several cotton balls in the shirt of your arm to act as a soft cushion for the raccoon.
- Gently place the baby raccoon on your arm and begin to feed.
- Continue to feed the raccoon until it is full, or until the nipple has become too loose.
Step 4: Clean-Up and Monitor
Once you have finished feeding the raccoon, it is important to clean up and monitor the animal. Remove any soiled materials and make sure the animal has a safe, warm place to rest. Monitor the raccoon regularly to ensure it is eating and growing properly.
Feeding a baby raccoon can be a rewarding experience. However, it is important to remember that it is a serious responsibility. Always assess the situation carefully before proceeding, and remember to use the proper supplies and technique. By following these steps, you can help the raccoon on the road to recovery and eventual release.