The Life Cycle of A Raccoon

The Life Cycle of A Raccoon

Book - 2003
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Explains the stages of raccoon development from birth to maturity, including how cubs learn to forage, how they survive in cities, and what man-made dangers they face.
Publisher: New York : Crabtree, c2003.
ISBN: 9780778706915
Characteristics: 32 p. :,col. ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bedell, Barbara
Kalman, Bobbie
Alternative Title: Raccoon


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Aug 09, 2017

This is a useful book for Nature lovers. There is only one thing it says which does not seem adequate to me. It tells not to leave pet food outside, and close well the lids of your garbage bins, and then the raccoons will not bother you. It does not tell what the raccoons will be able to eat, because in this "clean city" of ours lately the garbage areas are swept up for the night and the big bins locked with padlocks. The night critters foraged on the garbage in the back alleys so far, and now there is no food for them at all. I became friends with the raccoons here 3 yrs ago when a half blind female raccoon with her 2 kits came up to me peacefully at night and she tried to look into my plastic bags on the ground. Almost all persons I talked about raccoons to so far said: "raccoons bite, they are dangerous." From my years of experience I can say that this is not true - those that approach us are human friendly, they approach us to beg for food. Some nice persons feed these cute faced little bears; in Superstore I met 2 persons who told me they feed raccoon families in their backyards with grapes and dry cat food. I also give them oatmeal cookies. And I love them. Probably it's not a good idea to try to pet them, they may misunderstand. I have been feeding for months a raccoon I believed to be a boy, but recently she came up to me with 4 little fur balls, her kits. A heartwarming feeling it is to see and feed them. Raccoons need food, some of them are very skinny, and I saw a video on Youtube of an emaciated raccoon stealing the food of cats in a backyard. Now in the city the growing number of dog walkers even at night is a scare for raccoons, for all dogs bark at them ferociously, and they climb trees to escape danger. Critters belong to us, they are like homeless now in this land which was theirs before the humans arrived - why not give them a little food?

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