Shy Wolf Sanctuary volunteer rescues two baby raccoons

Posted at 10:28 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 22:28:08-04

A pair of baby raccoons were rescued after they were found alone outside a Southwest Florida apartment complex.

"They were probably 1 to 2 days old," said Jeremy Albrecht, a volunteer at Shy Wolf Sanctuary. "They still had their umbilical cords on them," he added.

Albrecht fostered the raccoon siblings in his Cape Coral home. He says they went from fitting inside the palm of your hand to being a handful.

"Imagine an animal that's always in puppy mode except this puppy has hands and it can open things, pull open drawers, open jars, and get in things that are normally protected by an animal with paws," said Albrecht.

The raccoon siblings, Andy and Mikey, will spend the rest of their lives at Shy Wolf Sanctuary with other animal rescues.

"In nature, a raccoon has a life expectancy of about 1 to 3 years but in captivity a raccoon can live up to about twenty," said Albrecht.

The raccoons will be apart of a tour to help cheer up foster children. Sanctuary managers say the animals and kids help heal and teach one another.

"Nobody really considers them to be dangerous but people do consider them to be a pest," said Albrecht. "To get them up close and personal with these guys and the fact they have a lot of human qualities with their hands," he added.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary recommends if you find yourself in a situation where you encounter some wildlife in need of help, your first move should be to pick up the phone and call a wildlife rehab center to handle it safely.