Young raccoon in distress
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Young raccoon in distress

Dr. John

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We were out for an evening walk on a residential street near Carlaw and Dundas.  We heard some high-pitched calls and walked over to a house.  The source of the calls was a very young raccoon on the roof covering the veranda of a house.  Peering into the dimness above, we could just make out an adult and another young one up on the 3rd floor roof.  The young raccoon was frantically calling and the adult (guessing the mother) climbed up and down an adjoining tree, obviously trying to figure out how to get to her stranded young (it must have fallen here as there was no easy way to access this section of roof).  She finally climbed onto the verandah roof of the adjoining house, but could not get from there to the next roof where her young was.

As she deliberated over her next move, we heard a higher pitched shriek and then a sickening thud.  The young raccoon had either slipped or perhaps attempted a jump to the roof where the mother was.  The fall was at least 10 feet to concrete below.  There was silence for a few seconds (which seemed like longer) and then we could hear the young one calling again.  We worried it might be injured.  The mother climbed down and in the dim light, we could see the young moving around.  She tended to it for a few minutes in silence and then led it back up the tree so they could rejoin her other young on the third floor roof.  It seemed to walk and climb fine, so we hope it had no lasting damage.

Who needs drama on TV when you can see it unfold in your neighbourhood?
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Paul O'Toole

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A few years ago while out walking a shoreline in Bath Ontario I heard a scream which turned out to be a baby racoon stuck in an old pizza box. So I managed to help it out and off it went. It got luck as I was the only one around the area and the heat would have likely killed it eventually. You win some you loose some.
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It's amazing the stuff they survive...and the stuff they don't....one of my fav trees on my property is a sugar maple that has to be 300 years old....of course lots of dead stuff falls...lots of holes in  it...a few years back, after a windstorm, I noticed some TV's flocking to the base of the tree...an unusual occurrence so me being the nosy fat bald brown guy I am, I nosed over and discovered that a big dead limb had fallen...and a metre or two away was a dead raccoon....a victim of the storm...now flash forward a few years...I had forgotten about the dead raccoon and was nosing around the tree doing spring clean up and well I found a skull...I looked at it and thought wow....aliens? Rushed in with the skull to rule out things from planet earth....and well....it was the raccoon....
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