Woman Who Took Care Of The Baby Raccoon Did Not Want Him To Become A Pet
Cindy’s family started to see the raccoon family living in the nearby woods a couple of weeks ago. There was a mother with her two babies. But one day, the mother left, leaving the kids alone. Cindy and her husband waited for her to come back. The babies too, were starting to worry. But the mother did not show up. Cindy’s family decided to take the babies in, and raise them themselves. Unfortunately, one of them passed away soon after. But the family still had one raccoon, who they named Smokey, to take cate of.
Smokey was lucky to appear in this exact family, because they knew just what to do not to turn a wild animals into a pet. First of all, they always kept Smokey outside, so he did not get used to the house. In addition to that, they did everything to make Smokey’s life in their backyard similar to the one in the wild.
For instance, instead of giving him food directly, Cindy hided it somewhere. This way, Smokey needed to both try to find his food and put some effort to get it, because Cindy made sure she hided it somewhere challenging to get. Sometimes, they put some fish that raccoons feed on in an aquarium, and let his use his instincts to hunt on them.
One day, Cindy saw Smokey climbing the trees very skillfully. That was when she realized that he was almost ready to be released. But before that, Cindy’s family wanted to teach him just one more thing. They wanted Smokey to learn how to swim. So they took him to the lake every day, and let him master his skills.
Once Smokey got confident in swimming as well, there was nothing holding him back from living in the wild. Cindy and her family took him to the woods, and let him choose a good den for himself. The area was already very familiar to Smokey, as he visited it with Cindy’s family a lot. Hopefully, Cindy and her family will get a chance to meet their friend again.