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racoons are so tame its scary, you have to read this

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by iluvsedward, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

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    I was downnstairs looking in our storage room and when I turned to leave, I saw our cat run to the other room, I wondered why she was so scared, and when I went to grab her I relized it was a racoon. in my house. I looked to the door and saw it was open.figures [​IMG] . so I ran upstairs and said to my dad, THERES A RACOON IN THE HOUSE!!!!!! we looked everywhere and than my brother said to see if it was under his bed, and so my other brothers looked under and started screaming, "ITS UNDER THERE! GET IT!" we told them not to sceam and that screaming would scare it. we eventully got it under a laundry basket and pushed it outside, but when we lifted up the racoon didn't run away it looked around, took a step and than slowly walked off. I told my dad he smelled the warmth and my new chicks and got in through the open door. the same night I had a dream we were chasing the racoon outside and it grew wings like a bat and flew away [​IMG]
     

  2. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Songster

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    That is rabies scary!
     
  3. chickendude

    chickendude Songster

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    Ditto
     
  4. carrlr

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    Always be cautious of a wild animal that's not acting "wild". Might have been in a little shock, but rabies is definately a possibility.
     
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I think that your raccoon was a little too tame. If you continue to see it hanging around I'd recommend dispatching it and having AC come for its corpse to test it. No one touched it, right?
     
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

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    Quote:Same here keep the door closed. Never approach a wild animal that is acting strange, especially the two legged kind.
     
  7. TheFeatheredTempest

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    Doesn't really sound like rabies. Infected raccoons are often reclusive and if seen will appear noticeably ill with sickly looking fur and have an awkward stumbling gait. Of course, you should always be cautious with any animal you don't know, domestic or wild. Raccoons living in neighborhoods can get very habituated to people and in general they aren't flighty animals and are very curious. If people in your neighborhood are feeding the raccoons they may become quite accustomed to humans. Also, rehabilitated animals or those raised as orphaned babies as well as any formerly kept as pets will be used to humans and houses. We had a woodchuck living under our shed that had been raised as an orphan (by an acquaintance) and then released and it took some time for her to go "wild". She remained very people friendly, following me about the yard and begging for treats and approaching anyone else who was in the yard which completely freaked people out! Finally she had babies of her own and began avoiding human contact.

    Edited to add: if it's been hanging out in your storage room you'll want to figure out how it got in there and patch up any holes. That would also explain why it felt"comfortable". If it hangs out down there it's used to hearing and smelling the people and activities of your house.
     
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  8. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    If this happened during the day I would be inclined to say that it is rabies. Raccoons are nocturnal animals & chances are there is SOMETHING wrong with it if it is out in broad daylight.
    If it happened after dark, I would be inclined to agree with Feathered...sometimes they do reach a point where they don't fear humans because they've been exposed to them, even if it's indirectly.
    To be on the safe side, keep your doors shut & call animal control--either way, it is turning into a 'nuisance' animal.
     
  9. trailgurl

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    yikes! talk about weird:/I would DEFINITELY be looking for any holes in that area of your house! *gasp*
     
  10. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

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    ok to make this clear, my dad has been feeding this racoon beacause it comes on our deck and he likes it, one night we left the door open and it wandered in, it defently did NOT have rabies , and no one touched it anyway. our storage room is a small room where we keep canned food, another refridgerator and a large icebox. it is not like a shed or anything. I was in there, when I saw the racoon pass by the door and thought it was our cat.

    no reason to freak out and call animal control [​IMG]
     
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