The Case of the Stolen Heart - Part 1 ©

INTRODUCTION…

Look out Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! Today is Friday, September 12, 2008, on this fateful day my heart was stolen away! The culprits were two brothers, Ranger and Bandit, both wearing their black masks. They silently but expertly managed to steal my heart away before I even know what was happening!

THE URGENT PLEA…

I received an email from a friend of mine in Salt Lake City, the subject line read “Jan!” and the body of the message read “I don’t know if you’d be interested, but I just went to the golf course here by Aspen where my mom works, and there are 2 baby raccoons that are motherless! They are teeny and don’t look great, they’re hungry :( There used to be four, now there are two, and they don’t have a mother :( They live in a bush by the stairs. I know you like rescuing animals! Just a thought I’d let you know in case you want more little pets :) Let me know, if so I can show you! Thanks, Sierra”

Well, it’s true, I so enjoyed raising Dolly Marie, our pet squirrel, and I guessed if I put some effort to it, I could raise two little sibling raccoons! Of course, it took me all of a couple of minutes to grab the supplies needed for the rescue and I took off in a flash for Salt Lake City (about a 45minute drive) to save the day!

THE RESCUE BEGINS…

When I arrived, my friend Sierra showed me where these babies were hiding under a bush. Oh they were so adorable, curled up together in a tight little bundle and sound asleep! I grabbed a towel and reached in to pick up the first baby. It was about the size of a kitten at about 3 months old. The baby started hissing with this totally ferocious sound so I immediately handed it over to Sierra and she placed it in the carrier I brought. While she did that I got busy picking up the second baby, very quickly before it woke up. It too woke up and sounded just as ferocious! I’ll tell you now you want to have leather gloves (which I stupidly forgot to bring) or heavy padding around your hands before you get anywhere close to a baby raccoon! When they snarl you can see all those tiny razor sharp teeth (about 40 of them). They look mean enough to scare the most seasoned rescuer, of which I’m not! We quickly covered up the opening of the carrier and headed for the car. Before I left for home I wanted to hydrate these little rascals to make sure they would survive the trip. Initially on the way to Salt Lake City, I had purchased a bottle of Pedialyte to feed them because they would probably need water. This would provide them with the immediate replacement of electrolytes in their tiny bodies. I purchased a can of kitten food also as I didn’t know how big the babies were for sure and I wanted to be prepared for any size kit. (Baby raccoons are called kits.) I filled a pet feeder bottle with the Pedialyte and put the nipple on it. The next task was to remove a kit from the carrier and see if it would suckle. Once again there was that vicious hiss! To our surprise the kit did attempt to suckle a little bit, but not very much. The other kit was asleep so I decided to get them home as soon as possible and then see what I could do. Sierra went back to work and I headed for home.

To be continued…
Copyright 2009, Jan C. Snow

The Case of the Stolen Heart - Part 1 ©

jansnow

Woodland Hills, United States

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This is the true story of two baby raccoons that I rescued recently. This will be an ongoing story about their life with me.

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