Baby Raccoon now leading blind Mama

 
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baby raccoon appears to be leading the blind mother raccoon. Have been noticing this lately, as if this is what the baby is doing!!, and this image seems to show this. They are in our driveway here, - captured this from the open front window this evening.
There's a bit of movement in the baby's image, as he's hurrying to get up ahead of the mother, he seems to know she can't see. This has been quite something to watch. The wonders of Nature.

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Caryl - Aug 02, 2010 12:38 PM EDT
Great capture,
Karen Moen - Apr 15, 2009 08:05 PM EDT
Wow, that is amazing that they are nesting so close to your house. I have not seen any of the trio that used to tip the bird bath over every night. I did hear some strange cries during several nights and fear that they may not be alive. The males are quite territorial.
alandrapal - Apr 14, 2009 05:55 AM EDT
Hi Karen, glad you found the blind mama update :) She's not stopping by every day now, so we are wondering if she's got a new baby/babies under the neighbours garden shed, where her last one was born. We were hoping "not", - but nothing we can do about it. If so, she's had the baby earlier than last year. But guess what?? we've got raccoon babies just outside our back door, another partially blind mama made her den in our garden toolbox! About 10 days ago, heard strange sounds coming from near the back door, and found the new babies in the bottom of the tall wooden tool holder. Tried to get some photos, but it's very difficult as of course, has to be done when Mama's not there, and she only leaves at nights. As well as this, the long handles of the garden tools partially block the view down into the base of the tool box. Am not sure if the mama might move the kits to a different den as they get older. We'll have to be careful going out the back door :)
Karen Moen - Apr 12, 2009 12:21 AM EDT
Wow, I am amazed the blind female is still around. You must be doing a great job of helping her out as she would be unable to make it on her own. Thanks for updating as I had wondered about her, too.
alandrapal - Mar 30, 2009 03:11 AM EDT
Hi Beverly, thanks for the comment and interest. Yes, the blind mama raccoon still visits us most days. She stops by in the mornings usually and has a donut or muffin, lol. Maybe she'd like a coffee too :) She also eats raw eggs and puppy chow/kibble, but likes the sweet stuff and eggs best. Her baby is out on its own now. They parted in the early winter, but we think he/she still visits each night, altho we aren't certain it's him. But it seems to act the same as her baby did. Now that it's fully grown, it's hard to tell them apart, unless they have certain characteristics, like with the blind one's eyes, and the one with the broken tail.
talsi - Mar 26, 2009 10:14 PM EDT
It has been so nice of you to keep sharing this experience of the blind racoon with us all, and so glad she has been able to cope.
alandrapal - Jul 03, 2008 06:15 AM EDT
hi Cindy, am happy that you're still interested to hear about the blind mama raccoon, thanks for the feedback. appreciate your kind comments, -- well, it's no bother to help the poor thing out, we both like her and keep an eye on her. She'd have an awful time surviving if she had to forage for all her food. She "ran into" another mama raccoon late last night, in our upper border. There was a lot of snarling for a moment or two :) the other mother raccoon had her baby with her, so was on the defensive. but next thing I knew, blind mama was over by the water fountain, and came down on to the patio via that way, so I put cat kibble there for her and she greedily gobbled it down, bit by bit. Then, the other female who had growled earlier, came down to the patio area and crept up fairly close, and just sat there, watching the blind one, who seemed oblivious to her being there. I didn't know what would happen, so just stood there on the front doorstep, hoping the sighted one wouldn't come closer to fight. But after awhile of watching, the sighted one turned around and wandered back to the upper border. Interesting watching them, altho sometimes when they suddenly snarl/growl, it makes me jump LOL
Cindy - Jul 03, 2008 05:38 AM EDT
I've just discovered that you have been updating us on the blind mama. How thrilled I was to read it all and to know that shes still around. You deserve a medal Alandra for the kindness you give her. I shall in future keep an eye out for these updates now :)
alandrapal - Jul 03, 2008 01:26 AM EDT
another update, it's now July 3rd, and the blind mama raccoon is still around, and her paw seems completely better as she seems to be walking normally now. She hasn't brought her new baby here yet, but some of the other mother raccoons are bringing their youngsters here now.
alandrapal - May 10, 2008 01:36 AM EDT
9 May 2008 update on blind mother raccoon. She's still around, as of yesterday at least, when we last saw her. We've been out all afternoon & evening today, so missed her if she visited us. I left some dry cat kibbles under the shrubbery where she hides and comes thru into our patio area, so she'd have some food while we were gone, as she can't compete with the raccoons who have their vision. She hurt one of her front legs recently and has been hobbling around, which makes foraging even more difficult for her. But when she was here yesterday, she seemed to be using her hurt paw/leg more, so hopefully it'll gradually improve.
alandrapal - Apr 09, 2008 03:41 AM EDT
well, she showed up again, glad to report :) Last night when we arrived home, here was the blind raccoon at the end of our driveway, as if she was waiting for us to get home! She soon disappeared into our upper border shrubbery, so we ran indoors and grabbed some food for her, as she hadn't been here for a week or so, and she re-appeared right away to get the food. We wonder where she gets to when she's gone for a week at a time. Maybe she's changed her routine now, and will start visiting us at nights instead of in daylight.
alandrapal - Apr 07, 2008 03:21 AM EDT
no sign of the blind mama raccoon for about a week. Trusting she's okay and will show up again.(this is April 6 2008 now).
alandrapal - Mar 22, 2008 02:29 AM EDT
new update :) March 21st, 08. The blind mother raccoon showed up here again a few days ago, and has been visiting each morning since. She also returned to our front patio area again this afternoon, so I went out to see her, and she walked right up to me when I was sitting in the lawn chair on patio. I haven't been out there to see her since her return, as DH has been giving her handouts before I get up, so it was as if she made a special point of walking up close to me, today, as she came back under the fence & into the patio area and walked right up to where I was sitting.
alandrapal - Mar 14, 2008 04:19 PM EDT
update. after having the blind mama raccoon visiting us around the same time each morning for quite awhile, - lately she hasn't shown up for a week or more and I haven't seen her around anywhere else either. Sometimes if we missed seeing her on our front patio, I'd see her later at nights on our crescent, wandering about, looking for food. Not sure what's happened. Am wondering if perhaps she's had babies and isn't leaving her den yet. Time will tell, I guess. Plan to ask my next door neighbour if she's seen her.
shutterbug - Feb 20, 2008 06:04 AM EDT
They are soooo cute, glad to see they are back. Carol
alandrapal - Feb 20, 2008 05:54 AM EDT
update, now February 20 and the mama raccoon is still around. we see her most days now.
Guest - Nov 28, 2007 01:55 AM EDT
saw the blind mother raccoon finally again late this afternoon. She seemed more timid than usual. No idea where she's been for about a week since I last saw her. But last nite, did see raccoon footprints in the bit of snow on front patio, near the water where she drinks, so wondered if that might have been her, so quite likely it was.
Guest - Nov 22, 2007 03:11 AM EDT
Hi Anne, thanks very much for the nice comments, glad you enjoyed the story and photo. There are also other images of them. Haven't seen the blind Mother raccoon for about 5 days now, so am thinking perhaps something happened to her.
Guest - Nov 19, 2007 01:33 PM EDT
Stopped to look at your photo and have been reading the story. It's nice that you got such a touching photograph of mother and baby. I'm glad I stopped by to see the photo. Thanks for sharing Alandra.
Guest - Nov 15, 2007 06:26 PM EDT
it's now November 15, and as of a couple days ago, the blind mother raccoon was still here. She loves donuts : )
Guest - Oct 23, 2007 02:35 AM EDT
update, - it's now 22nd October and the blind mother raccoon is still around. My DH saw her this morning in our backyard.
Guest - Sep 30, 2007 05:37 PM EDT
Wow it's nice to know there are so many warm and caring hearts out there. Very touching story and picture.
Guest - Sep 30, 2007 12:13 AM EDT
what a truly amazing sight that must've been, Janet, as you say! Wish I could have seen it. I hope you will share some photos here of the baby raccoon and your miniature horse. The horse must realize the raccoon is a baby so let him sit on its back. Am glad you are going to care for him. Maybe the mother raccon cast him off when she realized he's blind?
Guest - Sep 29, 2007 05:00 PM EDT
its nice to learn that a raccoon can get along wthout its eyesight because this morning i looked out my window and on top of my minurature horses back was a baby racoon. It had been a very cold night and he crawled up to stay warm. I went running outside to see this amazing sight up close to my amazement he didnt run off he is blind. im going to care for him.
Guest - Sep 26, 2007 11:10 PM EDT
it's now 26 September. We never saw that baby raccoon again, but the blind mother raccoon was in our backgarden again 2 days ago, and also a couple days prior to that.
Guest - Jul 29, 2007 09:36 PM EDT
Hi Ikka, I understand your concern. Sad part is, the baby has not been seen for 2 weeks now, so something has happened to it. And now, the mother raccoon hasn't been seen for a few days either. We've been out a lot so may have missed her, - time will tell.
Guest - Jul 28, 2007 10:18 AM EDT
Alandra, I'm so busy, that I did not seen this image before. I feel sorry for this raccoon, but I think you should call the animal wildlife service to bring them into a station of wildlife. It would help more, because this young baby cannot observing the mother the long life. Your photo is very impressioned. Thanks for sharing this story.
Guest - Jul 20, 2007 06:15 AM EDT
yes, I know what you mean, Vicky. Have also been hoping perhaps he'll show up, altho' really am sure he won't, after so long being missing. When looking back at some of my entries here, notice that I mentioned the strong winds blowing the treetops on July 9th, - so have wondered since reading that, whether the poor little fella might have lost his hold on the tree branch and fallen down. Didn't see him again after that strong wind.
Guest - Jul 19, 2007 11:05 PM EDT
That's about what I figured, my friend. . . it was wishful thinking. I'm glad Mama's holding her own for now
Guest - Jul 19, 2007 07:06 PM EDT
Hi Vicki, thanks, knew you'd be sorry to hear. well, the mother seems able to take care of herself really, as she's getting up there in age and has survived for sometime this way, I believe. As hopeful a thought that is, re the baby being out on his own now, am afraid that's not "it", as he was too young, - this years offspring, born March or April I think. I read somewhere that the mothers keep the young for about a year, - believe it's a bit longer for one of the sexes, female perhaps, I've forgotten. Am pretty sure they boot the offspring out, so to speak, when they are about to have the new young the following year.
Guest - Jul 19, 2007 03:15 PM EDT
I'm so sorry to hear that, Alandra. Is there any place that might be able to take the mother for her own protection? The other possibility on the young one could be that it was simply ready to move out on its own. We never know. Thank you for keeping this loop going. You're terrific. Vicki
Guest - Jul 19, 2007 02:03 AM EDT
Hi Dear Vicki, am glad you shared that special story with us, - have never heard of a raccoon befriending a dog like this. That is very sweet. Great to hear about it. Sorry to say, I fear the worst for the baby raccoon, as the mama has been appearing here (and around the area) for several days now, alone. Have held off from updating, as was hoping the baby might re-appear, but am afraid too long has passed. Infact, up til the early hours of this morning, thought the mother raccoon might also be "gone", -- but she finally showed up here when she heard me down the end of the back garden around 3 AM this morning. All was quiet there, and I was just about to return to the house, when here appeared the poor blind mother raccoon. I gave her some food. She was sniffing the base of a tree trunk that the raccoons climb up, and I was wondering if she was trying to locate a scent of her baby. Of course, am quite sad to think of something happening to that special little baby, infact, had a hard time falling asleep last night after seeing her alone down there, and thinking how prettily he had played in the water and how he had been running around so fast the last time I saw him. Guess the poor mother raccoon couldn't protect the baby well enough, and something went wrong. Anyway, we had the opportunity to see the wonder of this little "fella" interacting with his disabled mother, and I feel privileged to have been able to capture the images and share them with anyone interested.
Guest - Jul 18, 2007 03:26 PM EDT
Alandra, what a special image and it's wonderful that you've kept the narrative current on this pair. I've seen this happen before. A friend from Warren PA had an elderly, blind Dachshund. It loved to play outside, but whenever it got too close to the end of the garden a raccoon would come out and quietly turn it back towards the house. My friends loved watching them together. This image brings that memory back. Thank you - like everyone else I'll be popping back in for more updates. Vicki
Guest - Jul 12, 2007 05:26 PM EDT
update:) haven't been seeing this pair during daytime lately, which is good, but was a bit concerned. Went out late 2 nites ago, down to the end of the backyard, and sure enough, there they were, - the baby's leg is fine now, happy to report :) so am glad the mama is now bringing baby out at night. Missed seeing them last night, went down there at around 2:15AM but none were there. Even they go to bed earlier than me lol
Guest - Jul 10, 2007 04:29 AM EDT
thankyou Wilma for the kind thoughts. I did see the pair of them yesterday (8th) - the little one's leg still seemed a bit sore, but he could climb and run if he had to :) However, didn't see them today and I was here all day, so trust all's okay. Very high wind here today, the tall treetops were just blowing all around, so thought of the baby raccoons trying to cling on.
Guest - Jul 10, 2007 12:22 AM EDT
Awe inspiring. I too hope the pair will reappear and be looking better.
Guest - Jul 08, 2007 04:24 PM EDT
thankyou Beverly. Am hoping the little fella/gal will be walking easier today. haven't seen them yet so far, they usually appear each afternoon.
Guest - Jul 08, 2007 09:13 AM EDT
Nice image and story - Nature is amazing.
Guest - Jul 08, 2007 05:29 AM EDT
saw the pair of them again today, after a couple days not seeing them, as we were out a lot. The baby was limping on one of his/her hind legs today, so that made me sad/worried of course. But I watched him for awhile, and he was able to bear weight on it, altho could see it hurt him. Am hoping it will get better soon, as he's at risk if he can't move quickly. Plus he has to lead his mother. Guess he must've fallen from a tree or something.
Guest - Jul 02, 2007 03:08 PM EDT
I will Mike. Didn't see them yesterday, but hubby saw them ambling down the front driveway, as usual. Hope to see them today.
Guest - Jul 02, 2007 12:17 PM EDT
please keep us up to date alandra on their lives
Guest - Jul 01, 2007 04:27 PM EDT
Hi Mike, am glad you find it of interest and thanks for the nice comments. Yes, I agree, it is amazing. I did see them again here yesterday. The pair of them walk down our front driveway each day, - it's cute to see them. I just hope nothing happens to the poor things.
Guest - Jul 01, 2007 08:24 AM EDT
i think that it is amazing that such a small young animal can help its mother i am touched and thank you for sharing this unique capture of the family
Guest - Jun 30, 2007 02:47 PM EDT
many thanks, Alex D and Busymomof2 for the encouraging comments, always appreciated. glad the story is of interest. am hoping to see the pair of them again today, as didn't see them yesterday as we were gone from afternoon to evening.
Guest - Jun 30, 2007 02:45 PM EDT
Dear Joan, what a lovely surprise to see your note here this morning, must be telepathy, as have been thinking of you for the past several days, meaning to email you. Will do so asap. We have met a man from NS in the past while and this keeps reminding me to contact you. Thankyou for taking time to leave a nice comment. chat soon.
Guest - Jun 30, 2007 11:35 AM EDT
What a beautiful photo and a touching story..thanks for sharing it with us!
Guest - Jun 30, 2007 11:18 AM EDT
Such a heartrending picture Alandra .. please God the Mother will survive with the help of her baby ... lovely picture as usual dear friend.
Guest - Jun 30, 2007 06:41 AM EDT
Fascinating story accompanied by some excellent photos. Life can be cruel, but both people and animals make some amazing accomodations to ensure their survival. I hope this pair live long and happy lives.
Guest - Jun 30, 2007 03:47 AM EDT
thanks very much, Janice and Don for the nice comments. It really is quite a touching situation. I haven't seen them today, as we left here earlier than usual, and were gone all day. Will be watching for them tomorrow :)
Guest - Jun 30, 2007 12:07 AM EDT
Almost tears here also. Lets hope they could make it with the baby growing up so soon. Unselfish love this child has for its mother. Beautiful.
Guest - Jun 28, 2007 11:21 PM EDT
This is really a neat capture Alandra. It does almost put a tear in your eye, nature can seem so unfair at times. Then, I think that racoons have such a keen sense of smell and those big whiskers for feeling their way around at night when they are most active and maybe it isn't that bad for the old girl. I hope not anyway. It sure would be nice for her to see just how cute her kid is though. Great capture and story alandra. Don
Guest - Jun 28, 2007 07:13 PM EDT
thanks Anne for the nice comments. It is a bittersweet type of situation, for sure. The other early evening, in the backgarden, saw the pair of them on the side/back fence. Had camera, so tried to get some images (didn't turn out as was too dark) But the baby saw me and stood up on its little hind legs (to get a better view I guess) and actually "tapped" his mother with one little front paw,- he did it about 3 times, as if to let her know someone was there. It was cute to watch. I did get some images of them on the fence, but they are pretty blurry.
Guest - Jun 28, 2007 05:53 PM EDT
Alandra - this brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful the young one senses that his mother needs help. A great picture that really brings a message. Anne
Guest - Jun 28, 2007 02:20 PM EDT
thanks very much, Tania and Alex.
Guest - Jun 28, 2007 10:05 AM EDT
WOW!! what a nice shot.
Guest - Jun 28, 2007 08:07 AM EDT
Alandra what a wonderful capture with a sad story.
Guest - Jun 28, 2007 04:48 AM EDT
I know, Cindy, felt the same way. I know it's sad, but as you say, also good to know that something positive is happening re her having the baby after all. All we can do is hope for the best.
Guest - Jun 28, 2007 02:44 AM EDT
I have a big lump in my throat viewing this, its sad but also heart warming too. I'm glad you are keeping us informed and am hoping we never get to hear any bad news. 'Fingers crossed'

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