Baby raccoons abandoned, cold weather to blame?

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - The cold weather might be to blame for an influx of abandoned baby raccoons.

Some of the animals were recently brought in by animal control in St. Lucie County.

Doctor Leonard Fox, with the Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie, suspects more are being abandoned by their mothers because of the chilly temperatures.

He thinks the mothers may go looking for more food farther away than usual to keep the babies warm, but aren't making it back.

He says he sees a new round of babies almost weekly - many dehydrated and hungry.

"It's abnormal that we end up with so many baby raccoons and this is really not even raccoon season for babies, Usually it's the spring. So I'm definitely attributing it to the cold weather," Dr. Fox said.

The doctor says if you see any abandoned babies you should call animal control or take them to a vet-- but don't try to nurse them to health yourself.


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