Saturday, May 23, 2009

Developmental Milestones

Let's start with something we've learned from rescuing baby raccoons from the clutches of death a few weeks ago: When you have baby raccoons in your back yard, you can't enjoy a good book on your patio without uninvited help. I'm hoping as you read this you're thinking, "Good to know." I mean, I wish someone had told me. Sometimes, you learn life's little lessons the hard way. Glad to be of assistance.
We've settled into raccoon routine, but there has been a break in the monotony. Finally, they've started the transition to solid food. Just like any babies, they're wearing it as much as eating it, but their intake technique is improving by the day.The little guys have doubled in size since we brought them here and they seem to be actually cuter than they originally were. Their climbing skills have kind of reached a plateau, but that's okay. One milestone at a time, I suppose.
They're a little easier to tell apart now because one has a lighter-colored tail than the other. There are behavioral differences, too. One runs faster and the other just can't seem to stay away from the patio furniture.Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Am I right?

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Unknown said...

DADDY D - that is the cutest and so are they. Whatever are you going to do with them?

Chuckles said...

Marlon Brando ( the actor ) wrote about his pet raccoon, Russell in his memoirs. He even had the animal live in his apartment in during his early acting days. But as the animal got older, it developed agressive behavior and Brando took him back to his family's farm, placed his travel cage in the barn one evening to see if the animal would instinctively answer the "call of the wild". Apparently so because the next morning, Russell was gone.