Forest Babies Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
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Wildlife Rehab in Action ~

For the care of sick, injured or orphaned native Florida wildlife and release back to the wild.


The Goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals so they can ultimately

be returned to their natural habitat. Animals are held in captivity only until they can live independently in the wild.
 

 


The pictures on this website are a sampling of the animals cared for over the years.
 

  Raccoons  


 


 




I'll wait right here . . . .




. . . while my brother finishes his bottle.

 

I know the bottle is empty . . .
 

but . . .
 

I'm not giving up . . .
 

no matter what!

 


During a tornado a tree was knocked down at a dentist office on Route 1 in St. Johns County. These two baby raccoons were found at the base of the tree. They were the biggest babies for their age I had ever seen. 2007
 

Their names are Alex and Alexis.


This is "Little Bear" an albino raccoon.
 

 


These two sweet babies are Bandit and Bingo.
They are around 21 days old, just opening their eyes.
They were found orphaned in a back yard, crying.


 


 

             

                

       

First family of 2006 raccoon babies.
Three little girls from the Island were found curled into
small fur balls on the edge of a neighborhood road.
It is feared the mother raccoon was attacked by a dog.

Amber, Abby, and Cannoli.

The look of innocence.

These babies are getting a drink of water to start hydrating them before feeding formula. Some baby raccoons take to the nipple right away but most times it will take several feedings for the baby to be comfortable with it.

      

Sometimes it helps to pump your thumb against the
baby's cheek so some milk squirts into their mouth.

 

This baby was very thirsty.

Hang on little one!


One baby climbed the umbrella.

Now two babies climbed the umbrella.

Yikes!! I need help!!
 

These three baby boys were found huddled on a front porch.
They had been there for two days.
The whereabouts of the mother raccoon is unknown.



 

 

 


These babies were too old to drink from a bottle although they would still be nursing from mom in the wild. At this age they have developed a fear of humans so it is not safe for me to hand feed them. I made the mistake of feeding milk from one big bowl. The three of them had a fight over who would get the first go at the milk. Three little bowls for three little raccoons and we have a peaceful meal!




Baby Raccoon Stephie.

                                                     


One day a home owner trapped a raccoon in his attic and took it to another location and released it. The raccoon was not an "it". The raccoon was a mother.

During the night the home owner heard crying coming from the attic. He set a trap and this dear baby raccoon was found in the trap by morning.
 

The baby was snarling and crying simultaneously when she arrived at rehab. Poor thing was very frightened. But, within the first hour she allowed herself to be held and fed.

These pictures are Stephie enjoying her bottle. It took until this bottle, her third, for her to become accustomed to the nipple.



Stephie is active and alert and playful.
Baby will be raised by a human
and released when she is old enough
to be on her own.

 



 



Four days later the home owner trapped a second baby, a boy. His name is Trooper. It was a happy reunion!

Stephie and Trooper are playing, "Chase Around the Basket".

 



Trooper and Stephie climbing an orange tree.

 


One heading up, one heading down!
 


 




Silly baby, this is not a tree trunk!


Pictures of their release.
 



 
  Two Baby Raccoons getting their sucking needs met.  They are both girls and are from different litters.

 

Sissy and Celery


 


 
Sleeping babies Ashley and Thomas.


Baby Sissy.

 



Sissy's release day. She is a big girl now! 

Sissy 

 

Celery's release day too! Another big girl! 

 

Britney and Bethany
 

Britney and Bethany

   

Britney and Bethany. 

Britney on her release day.

Britney as a big girl climbing a tree on her release day.

 

Bethany walking in the forest on her release day.

 



Baby Kate

Baby Kate and Spunky.


Spunky.

 

Kate.




Spunky and Kate.

 

Spunky telling Kate a secret.






These babies lost their mother. The raccoon toward the front is waving with his foot!

 

Raccoon release day for the raccoons in the above two pictures.
 One is up the tree. Notice a raccoon ear between the two trees
about one third up from the bottom of the picture.





This tiny raccoon girl was found
crawling along the side of a road.
She weighs all of 119 grams. (4 ounces)

 


She has a milk mustache!
The small dot on her abdomen is her belly button.

 

Her name is Midge.





Midge is growing!

 



Notice Midge has the instinct to grasp with her feet.
 




 



Why is Midge sucking on a finger? A baby raccoon's stomach capacity is small so they can only have small amounts of formula at each feeding. They finish their bottles quickly. Their nutritional needs are met but not their sucking needs. After the bottle is empty the baby will nudge around your hand looking for something to suck on. Sometimes a baby raccoon will be satisfied with a pacifier, sometimes.

More Raccoon Pictures.
 

 

Please, if you care to, donate what
you can to help the wild babies.




Forest Babies Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
A Florida Non-Profit  Corporation
St. Augustine, FL 32086

 

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The Meaning of Rehabilitation...

To face yet another day just like the one before. We forgo sleep, time with family and friends, and any time at all for ourselves. And yet, when life is given back, a success is noted, a victory won, we are renewed to continue with this work. Those who are gifted with a great love for animals and nature and the ability to help save their lives have no choice but to do all that is humanly and humanely possible.



This website was created to help us appreciate the wild animals we make our home
with and to educate ourselves about their wonders.
 

 

If you see a picture you like and want a copy,  please let me know by email so it can be sent to you!

Thank you for visiting.

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