I found a baby raccoon that fell out of a tree. What should I do?
You’ve found a young raccoon that you think must have fallen from the tree it’s under, and you want to help. Has it been abandoned? Will its mother come to get it? What should you do?
Mother raccoons are the best suited to look after their young – they’re very dedicated parents! Just because the mother raccoon isn’t around, doesn’t necessarily mean the young has been abandoned. A mother raccoon often leaves her young behind while she is off searching for food. Or maybe she is in the middle of moving her young to a new den. Young raccoons can get quite active once they reach a certain age, and they don’t always stay exactly where their mother leaves them.
If the raccoon is in good shape If the young raccoon appears to be in good shape – it’s warm, not injured and not covered in flies, ants or other insects – chances are the mother raccoon will be back to round up her young. Keep an eye on it though, and if you have any concerns, be sure to contact a local, licensed wildlife rehabilitation centre.