Wildlife - Brick and Brack
one Friday, a Wildlife Rehabilitator responded to
a plea for help to save a pair of baby raccoons that
were trapped behind a brick wall at a business in
South Milwaukee. The concerned business owner had
heard the babies crying in the wall for two days.
It appeared these little ones had either lost their
mother or they had fallen somewhere where their mother
could not retrieve them. Whatever the reason, these
precious babies were orphans in immediate need of
help. A Wildlife Rescuer was dispatched.
Looking down inside the wall from the top of a step
ladder, our rescuer could see that there were two
baby raccoons inside the wall 9 feet below him. They
were too young to climb out themselves and there was
no mother raccoon present to rescue them.
rehabilitation expert made “churring”
sounds like a mother raccoon makes, which convinced
the babies to climb up a couple of feet. Reaching
as far as possible, the WHS Wildlife Rescuer gently
grasped each of the raccoons with a four-foot pole-snare
and pulled them to safety. After 45 minutes of intense
effort, the two orphans were on the way to the WHS
Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital.
The babies were thin and dehydrated and after treatement,
they were placed in a special room designed for young
raccoons. They will be bottle-fed for three weeks
until they are weaned, after which they will complete
their stay at the Wildlife Center in an outdoor habitat
where they can play and climb tree trunks to build
up strength for their ultimate release to the wild.