Grendel’s Den

We have just finished celebrating Victoria Day Weekend here in Canada.  It’s one of those weekends that’s most commonly celebrated with tons of gardening work followed by  flopping theatrically into lawn chairs.  We got to go to a party too.  Even though we are only Americans, we followed all the rules and partied like Canadians, and we celebrated Victoria just right.

But we had a cute little cherry on top.  And here he is:

This is a five week old baby raccoon which I found wandering on a busy road.  He had no mother in sight, and I really did look for her.  We have named him Grendel   We are having good success feeding him, and he’s living in the old rabbit hutch and doing quite well.  His favorite meal is warm condensed milk with a bit of raw egg yolk.

My ambition is to release him, when he’s old enough to fend for himself, into the wild just a few miles north of us, where there is an abundance of corn, lots of streams, and very few houses.

I have been amazed by the variety of opinions held upon the subject of raising abandoned baby raccoons.
Anybody reading here ever done this?  And if so, do you have any good advice?

5 thoughts on “Grendel’s Den

  1. He’s definately very cute!
    When I worked at the Toronto Wildlife Centre we looked after hundreds of these little guys. The main part of their diet there was dog food and fruit, especially bananas. Eggs are good but cow milk isn’t very good for them. We used to use a puppy milk replacer but if he’s eating solid food well there probably isn’t any need for this.
    You should try to limit your contact with him so he keeps his fear of people. There are also some diseases and parasites that can be passed to people, dogs and cats.
    You can contact http://www.torontowildlifecentre.com — they will probably try to get you to bring the raccoon to them. They are near Keele and 401.

  2. Jess,
    He’s eating bleuberries there.
    And thanks Leslie, Reagan gave me the same advice. I have put in a call to them, have not heard back.
    So far this is going very well….he’s eating and drinking and maintaining a healthy fear of us.
    I continue to be astonished at the strong feelings this little guy stirs up in many people who hear about. At the pet store, I was told to just let him go, and let him die young. Others say feed him and release and there will be no problems, others describe something close to Armageddon if I keep him in my backyard.
    It’s almost as controversial as home birth…..

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