Well, no. It was waiting for me at the back door, and after thirty seconds or so of this...
It was talking quite a bit last night; I assumed the noise was typical youngsters out of the nest ruckus -- our neighborhood has generally well-behaved raccoons, thanks, I suspect, to the more aggressive ones getting weeded out by feral dogs and annoyed homeowners, but in the summer there is a bit more late-night bustle and chatter. We've had "abandoned" baby raccoons before and they've been reclaimed by Mama within twelve hours. This one's going on 24, and I am suspecting the parent may never return.
There's not a whole lot you can do with a baby raccoon; they carry any number of ailments and parasites that would endanger the cats and it's against the law to adopt 'em. Animal Control doesn't foster or rehabilitate raccoons, they put them down. It is likely that the kindest thing I could do for this animal is to take it out with a clean shot -- but I can't bring myself to do it. I'll give it another day and we'll see what happens.
Poor little raccoon.
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