As I’m watching my multitude of wildlife cameras positioned throughout various places in the backyard, I notice a raccoon raiding my bird feeder. It’s actually a nightly occurrence, so I’m rather used to the invasion. I occasionally spray hot pepper sauce on the food, but this was one of the days that I neglected to do that.
As I go out to the backyard and shine my flashlight at the raccoon raiding the feeder, I notice a pair of golden eyes staring at me from the trees. Actually make that 3 pairs of golden eyes staring at me. Two young raccoons were in the trees, as well as a young possum.
Anyway, one of the young raccoons in the trees I recognize. It’s the one with an injured foot. For having an injured (and it appears completely useless) foot, it has amazing strength to climb.
With one hand I keep my flashlight trained on the injured raccoon, and I slowly walk back towards the house to grab my camera. Surprisingly I make it back out with my camera and flashlight in tow and position the lighting towards the injured raccoon. Keep in mind, it’s pitch dark outside so I have zero light other than my flashlight, and the flash from the camera.
Below is a picture of the injured raccoon. You can see how it’s right front paw just dangles as it’s climbing down the tree. I tried to zoom in on this picture to see if I could find any obvious wound or injury, but there was nothing obvious.
In theory I could try and capture the animal and take it to a wildlife rescue, but I have yet to see a raccoon who has a pleasant demeanor once captured and I really don’t want to get attacked. And no, I’m not going to shoot it to put it out of it’s misery, that’s not really an option for me.