Momma brings 4 babies to the door, 6-20-13

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Escape From NY : To those of you with worries and concerns: I created this video so people can see how cute they are because it is something people like to see, and not everyone gets to see something so sweet in nature. And I just happened to have my camera near by. If I open the door to give them food they scatter, so I wanted to make this quick video before opening the door to feed them. I did feed them right after I stopped the video (we keep food next to that door). And no, they were not starving. They always act like they haven't eaten in days, that's just the way raccoons act. They act this way with a full belly too. ;) We do not need to feed them. There is plenty of food for them in the surrounding forest. And there is plenty of water. There is a huge fresh water pond (about 3 acres in size) about 100 feet from the house, and the raccoons that come to our property go there all the time. They swim in it, they eat the frogs and fish, and they drink there. It's natural for them to use fresh water ponds in this way. We have a very healthy eco-system here and they enjoy all of it. We like to feed them because we know it's a hard world for them (lots of bear and coyote around, and people who shoot them) and it's often very cold and wet at night. We want to give them a little leg up, a better chance of survival, if we can. Especially the babies and young ones. We feed raccoons when they come to the house much the same way we feed wild ducks and geese that come to our pond and put out seed for smaller song birds. But we do not intervene in their lives in any other way. There are hundreds of acres of wild forest surrounding our home where all kinds of wild animals do what ever they want, living life the way they naturally do. That includes mating, fighting, eating what they eat naturally, nesting, and finding natural homes in the forest. Also, we do not allow hunting on our property. The raccoons have never tried to break into our house. There's no need to - the forest gives them everything they need and they know this. They know if we are not home to feed them when they come, that they can get food in the forest. They go where they think the food might be easiest to get first (our porch), that's natural for them to do. But they know of many other ways to get food in the forest. And we are just giving them a little treat, they do not rely solely on us for food because there is so much food in the wild here. All of the raccoons we've seen over the years here (and there have been many) seem happy and healthy, except for occasional wounds they get from fights with other raccoons or coyotes, dogs, and other animals in the area. This is natural. We have seen many raccoons heal naturally from nasty wounds. I'm sure there are some that do not survive, but we have never seen any dead or dying raccoons on the property. We have only seen dead raccoons on the street near by, due to cars. Raccoons are not always as nasty as some people think. We have never had a problem with nasty raccoons. But you must always use caution when near wild animals of any kind. Even a wild duck can hurt you if you upset it and make it feel threatened. We always keep in mind that these animals are wild and we are always cautious. We have consulted with wildlife professionals about our interactions and we never do anything that the pros say is not good for them or that might be dangerous for us. We have been feeding wildlife on our property for almost 30 years to date, with no problems. We throw apples & pears out for elk, deer and bear. We toss left overs and meat bones into the deep woods for coyotes or what ever animal might enjoy them. Tossing organic food waste (whole foods only) into the woods not only feeds wildlife, but it reduces garbage in land fills and helps the eco-system. Many wild animals do well on puppy food due to the nutrition content. That's what we feed the raccoons, along with organic bread and crackers or cereal that has gone stale, and occasional fruits. We don't give them unhealthy foods. But they seem to prefer the dog food (puppy food). Wild birds will also do well on puppy food. I have taken in injured birds many times, and they survive and even thrive on high quality puppy food. But please, if you are trying to help an injured animal or if you interact with wildlife in any way, get professional help and advice first. That's what we always do. PS) I delete all rude comments then block the users.

reba kows : cute! momma was saying, "come on feed us... I brought my four kids" LOL

JKL : She wants to place an order at the drive thru

Alexis Grunden : Normally, I'd be concerned about rabies, seeing a raccoon out in the middle of a bright, sunny day like that. But being a mom is a 24-hour job; I know that's why that mama raccoon was out with her kits. It's a lot of work to fill four empty bellies.

ProjectFlashlight612 : They look like little robbers with eye masks on

tina A : I have many raccoons that visit me every night. One is named Possie and she comes into the house to play and she plays with my cats. Now that she has babies I do 't let her in anymore because I'd be chasing them everywhere. Possie makes a mess in the catfood and their water so I couldn't handle her three babies messes. Lol Possie was a baby herself last year and she let me hold her. Now she sits on my lap and eats cookies and grapes. They know my house is a safe zone for them to come and eat & play. They sleep on my deck and play in the trees. They live under my cat kennel. I just love them so much. I get a lot of deer, coyotes, wild turkeys, bobcats, and mountain lions too. Of course we have squirrels and bears too. I live in the pine woods of the sierra mountains in California. Love the scenery and the wild animals. Most all sense that I'm not going to hurt them. I also have 2 skunk friends named stinker and stinky and an opossum named Opie. lol Thanks for sharing the video. Cute little guys 😊😊😊

Julie Purpleskater : I have some raccoon friends in San Francisco... a mom and 5 babies. They know me & my car, and now that the babies are teenagers, they've learned I usually have goodies. (Fruit, cereal & cat kibble.) They LOVE grapes, and will come up and gently reach out and take them from my hand. They're so cute!

StonyRC : Damn they're beautiful - not quite fox, not quite badger ... something in between???

John Edward Jones : Lived in Hollywood Hills in 80s. One night at 2AM the air conditioner went out. After an hour of tossing and turning I decided I should sleep on the deck by the pool on a big chaise. Zoned out, I had the feeling I was being watched in this very secluded area. When I woke up and looked, five raccoons were sitting watching me. The message was clear. "Hey you got anything to eat." Went in and got cheese. They were not interested. Then popped corn. It was an instant hit. Love raccoons. Unless threaten or ill they are friendly..Always very smart.

BluesBadTom : Thumbs up and happy weekend also.

Mary D : They are so sweet and adorable thank you for feeding them God bless you

The Life Of Scott Wenger : so cute!

katgirl1958 : Love it I had a mama that was buddy bring her babies every year and she would let me pet them! I gave her dry cat food! When she got older she came during a storm and I rescued some of the babies that got stuck from flooding! She was making a fuss and I could hear them crying so I went and got them and they all hung out on the porch till the storm was over! She was very friendly and she was happy to share the burden of feeding them with me. I also fed a lame deer! And had vultures come by when we had an extreme draught for water! I feel since we have screwed up their environment sooo much that it's our duty to help them when needed!

715490 926 : Look at her eyes. She just wants to help her babies. Too cute.

Ergo Sum Adrieyl : How nice of you :) we gotta look out for our single mommy’s 👱🏽‍♀️👧🏽👶🏽👦🏾🧒🏽

Stella Kalivas : That's a beautiful family. So very cute.

Jennifer Loving : The most interesting thing to me about racoons is their paws. Seriously, they are so ambidextrous, it's like they hands!

SacredLust97 : Racoons are adorable. They can be feisty but still cute.

Wanda Steeves : Adorable—- she’s like HELP they keep multiplying lol 😆

M Lee : it is very pity that human lost instinct to communicate with animals by the emotion from heart。It's not easy to raise four children,mommy raccoon just beg some food for children。

Fenwick : Raccoons are so cute and very intelligent. :) Thanks for sharing!

Kawy Thowy : I wanted to see you feed them.

Taylour22 : You're going to wake up one night to a noise, and glowing eyes in your bedroom.

Cheryl Albright : Absolutely adorable!!! We also live in a wooded area, and I have been feeding the Raccoons for years, the Mama's always bring the babies, then they grow up and they remember that we provide food and water, and safety. Never have tried to touch them, although they take food from a plate I hold in front of me. Due to loss of their Natural habitat, there isn't enough food for them to thrive. I can't just watch them starve, so I don't mind buying their food. Sweet, smart little cuties, that have brought me so much joy! :-)

SJ SMITH : They must be hungry!

Elizabeth Czepiel : If you don't want to frighten the babies, maybe leave some food for them outside? :-) Thank you for caring. As this happened 5 years ago babies are probably parents themselves!

Angelique Jones : They are very CUTE and very Polite!😇 YES! They do look a bit HUNGRY!😇😘💖👏👍

Patrick Gragg : We have tons of raccoons up here in Fort Collins Colorado they are fun to watch their brilliant! I was sitting just sitting there, it was night time the male raccoon walks up to the city trash dumpster,gets up on the corner of the dumpster, looks around like a criminal fixin to do a crime, lifts the lid of the trash can holds it up! 4 babies and their mom come out of the trees and jump inside the trash dumpster, dad looks around like to see if the coast is clear and then he jumps in and shuts the lid on top of him! I bet they had a wonderful dinner that night!

tara : you didn't show feeding them---any updates ---they are all grown up--hope predators did not get any of them!

Half pint : i wish i could enjoy something like this in my life. how wonderful

Hg Hiulh : Nature is awesome. People could learn a lot from animals. 🙂❤️🌱

bertitolino : Momma knows where the good food is

John Ross : Thank you for your excellent, detailed description of your interactions with all the forest critters. It helps to balance all those YouTube comments which can create such a bad reputation for raccoons.

xlxcrossxlx : So glad to hear you feed them.

charlotte zawinsky : I hope your raccoon friends are still there and doing well. I think it was amazing that the mommy knew to knock on your window to ask for food. Since I've been retired and moved out into the country, I have seen so many wonderful things that has blessed my heart from all of our wild back yard animals. Bless you for your love & kindness.

Allana Thomas : Nature's beauty at its best...

MattieCooper : No comments in 4 years??? Why??? The Cuteness is EXTREME!!!!!! TENDERS!!!!!!!

LELAND LEE : YEAH SCREW WHAT SOME THINK ABOUT FEEDING'EM I WOULD GOD BLESS YOU...SHE ALREADY KNOWS YOUR GOOD AWESOME

Stewie Griffin : It’s like taking her babies to the zoo

Deede Chai : Absolutely in love with your backyard. The amount of space and forestry, just beautiful.

Linda Lulu : They love cat food (dry type) like meow mix.

HEMISUPERBEE426 DAVID : THIS IS REALLY NEAT. I HAVE ONE THAT EATS CAT FOOD CRUNCHIES AT MY BACK DOOR.

Candy B : OMG precious

H khan : awww that’s so good of a women feeding these beautiful animals god bless u hun ❤️❤️❤️❤️

juntjoo nunya : they're very cute. if only they were a bit smarter about cars

Brendarenée Green : I see orbs also💜 Bless you🌼 I have Mamas that bring babies too❣

Charlotte Hammond : They will eat everything except lettuce. Put all your leftovers in a big pan...a cake lid upside down works great...and you will have a 4-legged garbage disposal. They love oatmeal cookies.

Lucky Thirteen : I love watching the raccoons. Sadly we live in a mountainous area and they are hit by cars occasionally. BUT in our area we offer dogfood only. All the neighbors who get visits have dogs lol.. and for some reason they don't seem to mind coming around after the dogs are fed. We've only seen one case of rabies and I don't believe it was raccoon.. it's actually BATS 🦇 and it's scary. Glad you enjoy them like we do! 💜💜

Mia Marvin : oh man. that.. that is painfully adorable

Mimi Song : Thank you for being so kind !!!!!