Raccoons are one of the most unusual looking mammals in North America. They are easily identified by their plump body, ringed tail, and narrow, black face mask with two white patches above the eye. They are found virtually all over the United States, and are allowed as pets in many states; hence, the reason for our permanent residents. They have a great sense of smell and hearing, but most of all a dexterous sense of feel. They have a reputation for “washing” their food which probably comes from their preference in the wild to hunt and forage near creeks and streams. They are very intelligent and mothers pass on many survival techniques to their young.
Rayne is a young female raccoon born in Indiana. The family found her as an orphan and raised her to be part of the family. When they relocated to California, they knew they had to find a home for her. They were sad to have to give her up, but they admitted she was getting hard to handle despite the entire family giving her constant attention. Rayne is our shyest raccoon preferring to hide in her tree stump until supper time. She is probably the least friendly raccoon towards people, but she is fearless enough of people to cause problems if released.