Aren't they so cute when they're little? These young raccoons were
taking an evening walk with their mom.
Evelyn took this next picture of the raccoon walking across the
. Thanks for sharing Evelyn!
You're probably familiar with rabies, but raccoons can also carry
. This is a nasty parasite that people can get by simply
touching an area that is contaminated with viable eggs (which are too
small to see with just your eyes) and then touching their mouth.
Covering trash cans and dumpsters, educating those around us about why
it's dangerous to all of us if people feed raccoons, and regular hand
washing, particularly after being outside, are all good measures to take
to avoid problems with the admittedly cute wildlife
we share our planet
Raccoons might be cute, but they also bite and carry diseases that
people can catch. Feeding them makes them lose their natural fear of
humans. When they lose that fear, particularly if they get sick later,
they can bite you or someone you love causing serious illness. Please do
not feed them; they'll do fine on their own.