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Orphaned Raccoon by artemisarrow Orphaned Raccoon by artemisarrow
I found this baby raccoon at the lake (Lake Ontario) yesterday afternoon. She is around 4 weeks old. She was staggering and looked so lost and sad. I talked to some of the neighbours who lived along the shore and they said that they had found some dead babies in their yards, most likely from the same litter. I believe that the mother was most likely hit by a car, leaving the babies on their own. I couldn't risk letting this little girl stay by the lake overnight she was already freezing and my mom wrapped her cashmere pashmia around her to keep her warm. I tried to get in touch with some wildlife centres and animal rescue places but because of a new law from the Ontario Ministry raccoons, skunks and foxes who have been orphaned must be euthanised. This absolutely appauled me. I understand that the government thinks of these creatures as destructive and that they are over populated but it has been human housing developments and cars that have killed not only the creatures parents but their habitats in large. Please please please sign this letter and send it to your local government MP, or Dalton McGunity. Please visit [link] and send this letter immediately. Tons, more than you can imagine are orphaned every spring and summer and they deserve a fighting chance. If you don't live in Ontario please feel free to submit the letter into our government anyways. The more they recieve the more the issue will be talked about and a suitable solution will be found. Please contact your government officials of your home province or state and find out what is happening in your community!

If you find an orphan here are some tips to help them survive
1. Assess the situation- is the mother likely to return? Are cats, dogs other animals a threat to survival? Is it safe for you to watch him a while and see if his mother will return?
2. Use gloves or a blanket and towel to pick him up-he will be frieghtend
3. Put him in a deep dark box with a warm towel or blankets and put the little guy in a quiet place.
4. Food is necessary-but let them become warm and comfrotable before you try to feed. DO NOT GIVE COWS MILK, THIS CONTAINS LACTOSE AND WILL KILL. The vet or pet stores will have esbilac avaliable. Put this into an ordinary baby bottle and get the animal to drink. Don't give them human food or lots of fruit or vegetables if his is little chances are he might not even be weaned yet.
5. Contact wildlife caregivers. Check the net for avaliable wildlife sanctuaries. Phone them and ask questions such as how will it be taken care of? The last thing you want is to save an animal and send him to what you think is a happy place and have him put down. Please realize that it is illegal to keep any wild animal for a pet, and the animal most likely wouldn't want to be kept as a pet he or she will want the free life that they're intended for.

Thank you for reading all of this information. I think it is important considering what the government has recently announced and considering that it is because of our way of life that they are becoming orpahned every day. Please link this deviation to your jounrals and favourite it so that more people can become aware of this terrible situation.
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Shinx-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Awww
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CharacterTamerSteph Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww that poor little baby! :( I feel really bad about her! I hope she gets all the help she needs.
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Sukoshi-Shinigami Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006
I live in Ontario and I am certianly going to send this letter to the government about this issue.
I love raccoons, I didnt even know they were killing orphaned ones in my own country!!!
This is really bad, I will be sure to send the letters.

.........*grumbles at government*
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artemisarrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
Thanks for sending the letter! It is a really sad state that wildlife is in right now. I sent my letter in to all 3 of the recommended people, and I have heard nothing back yet. But atleast it got to them.
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jenfar Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
aww oh my goodness, so cute :aww: glad to hear he/she found a good home :D
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evy-blackburn Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
It's so cute :D
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artemisarrow Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
I know! :D She looks sweet but she does have a big girl growl on her :) teehee
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Opium01 Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
too bad about that law. Some are bizarre, some have reasons. I'm sure when this was made, the lawmakers had their reasons. I'm like you, I have to save every little animal I find :) I have a little baby opossum right now that is either going to be rehabilitated or be another animal in my menagerie. What did you do with the little baby? (I personally would keep it and rehab it with that law in affect)
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artemisarrow Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
I ended up giving it to a rehabilitation centre that was sending it somewhere so that she would live. I would have kept her but that is not the life that she was made for. Because of this law, centres aren't able to keep them but there are some that are still around. I felt like this poor baby was part of the underground railroad just trying to keep her alive and safe and unnoticed. Like all politicians the premier made a promise that he broke once he was elected. He said he would try and fix the situation but he has only placed laws which make it much worse. And I'm not sure what the reasons would have been but like most people who fear the things they don't understand, most likely thought that these animals are destructive scavangers with rabies. When in fact, most of these animals don't have rabies at all. Just another way for the governments to propgate fear, I suppose.
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Opium01 Featured By Owner May 27, 2006
I'm glad she went somewhere where she can get the care she needs! Laws are just made in hopes of appealing to the masses for more votes when election day comes about. There are a lot of stupid rules though, and it's people petitioning after the face that makes a politician rethink. Hopefully it'll reverse! There are so many more good people then bad that are willing to help these orphaned creatures
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DashaRhea Featured By Owner May 26, 2006   Photographer
It is adorable. I'm really called to see someone that cares about the racoons. Its a shame the way they're being treated now.
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artemisarrow Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
I know she is so precious. It is a shame that the way that they're being treated mostly since it is the fault of humans for encroaching on their habitat and destroying their land and homes with our lifestyles. I didn't know anything about raccoons until last night but this is ridiculus. No one has funding to take care of them so they put them down and the ministry is revoking everyone's liscence if they are not willing to put the animals down. Its absolutely disgusting!!
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