Last week, Montreal, North York, London, and Ottawa all found their first babies of the season!
Montreal, Quebec: In Montreal, our team was called late last Friday afternoon to remove a litter of newborn raccoons from a homeowner’s attic. This mother raccoon had returned to a home she had previously denned in to birth her litter, going so far as to pull off the siding from the building to gain entry. These little ones were so new to the world that some of them still had their umbilical cords attached! Our team safely and gently removed the babies one by one, placing them into our heated baby box on the outside of the home near the mother’s entry point, and the mother raccoon came to retrieve her babies, and relocate them to another den site nearby.
Ottawa, Ontario: Our Ottawa team received a concerned phone call only a few days later from a homeowner who reported chirping noises coming from above his bedroom. Thinking birds may have gotten into the attic, the Skedaddle team arrived ready to inspect. Upon further investigation, our team was surprised to find a newborn litter of raccoons nesting in the attic insulation! Newborn raccoon cries can sound very similar to birds chirping. Luckily our team was equipped to safely move the litter into their baby box to await mama raccoons’ arrival, and to screen up the entrance so that she could not return to the attic.
North York, Ontario: This Newmarket gentleman got ahold of Skedaddle after hearing loud screeching noises in his attic. The next morning, our York Region & Simcoe County Skedaddle team was on-site and assessed the attic with a thermal camera. After no luck, a visual inspection was done to find a mother raccoon scampering about, and a litter of 5 babies tucked away in the corner that must not have been more than 2 days old! One technician kept watch while the other placed the babies into the cozy baby box. Our techs then installed a one-way door to allow the mother raccoon to exit and find her babies cozied up close-by. The techs screened up the rest of the vulnerable points on the home and returned after a few days to find mama raccoon relocating her babies to another den.
London, Ontario: And finally, near the end of the week our London team received a call that a customer had heard squirrels chattering through the walls of their home office. Upon further inspection, our techs realized there was a litter of babies born in the insulation of the garage not too far away. As mama squirrel watched from a tree out front, our techs retrieved the babies and snuggled them up in the baby box on the roof. The team then sealed up all potential entry points around the home and will check back in on Monday to see if the mother squirrel has relocated her babies to another den site.