A baby raccoon from Kennewick has a new furry family in Pullman.
She is one of six orphaned kits being cared for at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Kennewick raccoon was found unhurt in a backyard, likely dragged from her nest by a predator.
“It’s important to realize predation of young animals occurs all the time. We just rarely see it,” Nickol Finch, head of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Exotics and Wildlife Section, said in a release.
“While some may feel that it is cruel, it is also how the young of animals like coyotes and hawks eat and survive,” Finch said.
The other five orphaned raccoons, all males, came from near Coeur d’Alene and were discovered by a power company crew investigating a power outage. Their mother and a sibling were electrocuted.
The Kennewick kit is about a week older than the others. All are about four-inches long and require bottle feedings every three hours.
They will eventually be released into the wild, away from people, after they’ve become young adults, said vet school officials.