Woman Saves Raccoon's Life, Makes A Friend For Life

Posted by in Feel Good On 6th August 2021
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This little raccoon must be part-dog considering it behaves like this woman's pet after she rescued him. Now he comes back even after she released him back into the wild.

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When Nikki Robinson found a baby raccoon by the street she did not know she was in for a friendship for the ages. 

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“Little Hands was originally found abandoned beside the road at about 4 weeks old. We rescued him from the traffic and tried to find a wildlife rehab that would take him but everywhere was full and all they could offer was to ‘take it to a vet to be euthanized’ or ‘let nature take its course outside.’”

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Nikki tried to reach out to animal rescue centres but they were full and they said that if he was still dropped off, they would have no choice but to euthanize him.

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This is when Nikki’s mother Linda stepped in. She had some prior experience raising baby raccoons and releasing them into the wild.

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“Instead, he was given to my mom, Linda, who has had some experience raising a raccoon so that it could be released into the wild. Two years earlier, I had picked up from a friend another orphaned raccoon that was found in a similar situation as Little Hands."

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"I have always wanted to work in wildlife rehabilitation, but I was working full time. So, I asked my mom to help with many of the daily feedings. She was hesitant at first, but then I told her it was really in lieu of any grandchildren I would be giving her. Well, once the baby starts nursing from a bottle and looks her in the eye, she melts and it instantly becomes Mama’s coon.”

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The raccoon now named Little Hands was cared for and finally released onto their large property so he could pop in and out if he wished.

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Linda and Little Hands however formed an almost inseparable bond immediately. While other raccoons would often pop in to grab food, they would still maintain a distance and be scared.

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Little Hands however had no fear and he would keep returning almost every night to meet with his human mama.

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“So, Little Hands was fostered by Linda. He was released onto her large property and was allowed to come and go as he pleased. He was very fearful of any human or animal that he didn’t grow up with, but would come back to visit us most nights."

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"Linda would leave food out for him every night and sit outside on the porch swing at night before bed, waiting for his visit. He would come less and less, and always at night, as it got colder. Sometimes, we wouldn’t see him for a month, and then on a clear night, he would show up and even let us approach him."

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"But the first thing he would do, sometimes even before sniffing his food, is he would climb over to Linda on the swing, sit beside her, and want pats from her. He liked his lower back and chin rubbed the most.”

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Little Hands has come a long way from where he met Linda and Nikki

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“When we found Little Hands, he was dehydrated, hungry, very scared, but still very feisty. Little Hands stayed with us for about two and a half months before he was fully released into the wild. Little Hands has always been a calmer, peaceful raccoon. Very loving and compassionate, even as he matured. But still wild enough he thrives on his own.”

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He has now been a member of their family for three years and keeps asking for cuddles and scratches like any home pet would.

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“This has gone on for 3 years! All the other releases have gone wild. The ones that were released at Linda’s house will still come and eat at night, sometimes bring their babies too, but they are scared of us and won’t approach us closely. Little Hands is just special and super adorable!”

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Nikki said, “I guess this is always his home. He knows he can come back for an easy meal, but some animals want more than a full stomach. Comfort and love.”

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