Published on Mar 5, 2013
Fred is a very sweet, gentle and tame big wild juvenile raccoon who began visiting us November 2012. To date his visits continue to remain sporadic. Many more videos updates will be shared of this handsome and sweet boy which are posted on our channel under the same title.
Fred's tameness possibly was the result of being an illegally kept pet who was subsequently set free. Unfortunately, no matter how well intentioned the actions were for turning him loose, the consequences may have set him up for a starvation death sentence. Young raccoons spend almost a year after birth with their mother to acquire skills to forage and evade predators in order to survive sufficiently. Sadly, many imprinted pet raccoons who are surrendered to wildlife rehabilitators are euthanized because the amount of time and costs it takes to rehabilitate them is difficult for most facilities to undertake in the time permitted mandated by a wildlife governing agency. When pet raccoon owners begrudgingly learns this heartbreaking fact they often opt to turn their pet raccoon free believing it'll figure out how to become fully wild again, but that too can be with met with dire consequences.
NOTE to commenters: Fred lives in a region where there hasn't been a documented case of raccoon rabies for over 25 years which is tracked by the State's Public Health Dept.
We are fortunate to be able to observe a variety of wildlife since we reside next to a protected preserve where raccoons are one of the many animals consider it home. We hope you will also enjoy watching this video of the close encounter of our charming furry friends.
Please note Fred is not our pet and is a wild raccoon thus please follow your local wildlife guidelines for the safety of humans and animal wildlife alike.
Additional note: I'm very well aware of the dangers of interacting with wild animals since I professionally work with a variety of dangerous wild species. No children nor pets are ever harmed, especially the wild animals captured in these videos.
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