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The Littlest Washbear


Raccoons are usually born in the spring. In our part of the country that means early- to mid-April. The mothers start bringing the young with them on their nightly outings at around 10 to 12 weeks of age. This means the babies usually start showing up on our deck in early July.

But this cute little guy first showed up, with his mother and 3 siblings, in late September. His mother is probably a yearling. Yearling females sometimes don't find a mate till later in the year, and therefore some new babies can still show up in the fall. But the babies grow fast, and our winters are mild, so this guy should have no problem surviving his first winter.

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