Work has been keeping me very busy, so I must apologize for not posting sooner. As a result, everything is late…starting seeds, spring clean up, preparing garden beds. The raccoons living next door has also wrecked havoc, claiming two chickens and turning up my sod every night for the past two months. So we purchased a live trap, and waited. For a month we waited with trap triggered but no raccoons. I was ready to give up, even thinking about a friend’s suggestion of poisoning them…
…when we finally got one…
…and then three! Stinky shrimp paste on bread placed “under” the cage was their preferred bait.
All were relocated far away in a wooded area with a stream.
Sorry for the blurry photo above, it was scary at the time.
Then a few days later I heard crying coming from the neighbour’s porch. When mama didn’t return to the den, these three kits ventured out to drink from our pond.
Weak and hungry, they were easy to pick up and placed in their temporary home.
These newly weaned orphans are about 7-8 weeks old. Their mama would normally stay with them for 12 months; teaching them how to forage for food and turn up my sod.
There will be no baby naming or talking to them. Very little contact so that they stay fearful of humans and I won’t miss them when their gone. (Curly, Larry and Moe?)
A mush of applesauce, quail eggs, mashed bananas and kefir was quickly slurped up for the first few days. High-protein cat kibble was added when they could handle solids.
A farmer would have drowned them, but as a mother I couldn’t leave these babies. So we’re keeping them, just until they are big enough to fend for themselves.