Signs that Indicate a Raccoon is OrphanedThe first thing is to make sure you’re really dealing with a baby raccoon. Newborns and babies under two to three weeks will have a raccoon mask and striped tails, but the fur may be very thin. As the baby ages, it will appear much like an adult raccoon with the traditional markings. If the raccoon is about the size of a house cat, it is old enough to take care of itself. Adult raccoons found in the wild should be left alone. Mother raccoons leave their kits alone while they forage for food. Sometimes, the mother moves the babies from one location to another. Raccoon babies explore their surroundings when mom is gone. They can easily get dislocated from their nest. Even though the babies are left alone, they are rarely orphaned, unless the mother is killed or relocated. Mother raccoons are very protective and will search high and low to find their babies. Relocating an adult raccoon, especially in the spring, when babies are a possibility, is best left to the experts. Wildlife removal specialists make sure to remove the babies from a home, place them as close to the den as possible, and then allow the mother to relocate the family together to keep the mother from causing further damage. If you do come across a baby raccoon, here are some signs that it may be orphaned:
- The baby is injured.
- The baby cries incessantly. Some crying is normal, but the baby doesn’t stop.
- The baby is cold, dehydrated or appears ill.
- The baby has insects, flies, fleas or ants.