Even after being rescued, this cute and charming orphan raccoon returns to his foster home to snuggle with his kind foster mother.
Animals, regardless of their species, have a habit of appreciating nice deeds from humans, and this raccoon is no exception. Little Hands was discovered abandoned on the side of a major road when he was a little toddler.
They took him to a number of local rescue organizations and wildlife sanctuaries, but they were unable to accommodate him owing to an overabundance of animals in need.
A wildlife rehabilitator, Nikki Robinson, told The Dodo:
“When you inquire what to do with an orphaned raccoon, they tell you to either ‘leave it alone and let nature take its course,’ or ‘take it to the vet and they will have to euthanize it.’
Raccoon still returns to greet his foster mother
Those comments hurt Nikki’s heart, but she was eager to assist the unfortunate raccoon in any way she could.
Nikki works full-time most of the time, but her mother, Linda, has a lot of free time and agreed to help her with Little Hands.
Linda was a wonderful match for the cute animal, who needed to be bottle-fed five times a day and cared for 24 hours a day. Linda hesitantly agreed to become Little Hands’ foster mother, knowing that she would have no grandchildren from her daughter Nikki.
“She melted the first time she bottle-fed him and he gazed at her. She treated him nicely from the start since they want to be touched. So, despite the fact that he would return to nature, he formed a relationship with him.”
The amiable Little Hands overcame all challenges thanks to Linda’s care and commitment, and by the end of the summer, he was ready to return to his natural environment.
The process of freedom was gradual. They left the home but returned to the porch or patio for cover until they were able to find their way out. Linda regularly left food for him to ensure that he ate properly, but she wished that the raccoon would stop returning one day.
Little Hands had another plan in his brain, and he continued to visit the family that had saved him every day to greet them. He constantly comes over and informs her. He is extremely nice and affectionate, so he hopes they will continue to shower him with hugs and kisses.
“My mother has a porch swing where she sits, and he would come over and practically crawl onto the swing to sit next to her, scratching his buttocks and chin. He wanted to cuddle, eat, and then go.
Little Hands has been living in the wild for three years, but he has returned to his childhood home to snuggle with his adoptive mother.
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She has taken on the role of a mother to them, and the best part is that all of the raccoons who have been released come back to see her.
“Every day she sits outside and waits, and even when they’re older, they come to see her, and she’s overjoyed. She is also their mother, therefore they adore her.”
The tiny raccoons can have a normal life in the wild thanks to Linda’s efforts, but they also know that they may come home, just like people.
You may follow the Robinson family on Instagram to learn more about their rescues.