Nugget/ Po The Rescued Raccoon

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Sasha’s story this is one of the most wonderful animal stories I have ever been a part of!

Sasha is a small, mixed breed terrier dog. She was used as a breeding dog for many years. At the age of 12, she was surrendered to an animal shelter. She was very pregnant and was probably destined for euthanasia.
Sasha was pulled from the shelter by a rescue organization and was brought to our veterinary hospital, The Pet Doctor, for evaluation. Due to her advanced stage of pregnancy and her age, she was determined to be high risk and was hospitalized. Only three days after being pulled from the shelter, Sasha gave birth to two puppies. Unfortunately, due to the lack of her prenatal care, one of the puppies didn’t survive.
The First Video of Sasha, Nugget/Po, and Lucy

Sasha was a doting mom to her single little puppy. She seemed to be very happy and relieved to be in a stable, caring environment and they began to thrive.
Across town, another baby animal found itself in a precarious situation. A baby raccoon was found, orphaned and abandoned. A caring person brought the newborn raccoon into the veterinary hospital. Luckily, we are a licensed wildlife rehabilitation hospital and often help injured and orphaned wildlife. We were afraid that we would not be able to easily provide the care that such a tiny baby needed and knew that the best care would be provided by an animal mom.

Mothers Day Video

We thought of a crazy, wonderful idea and decided to give it a try. Under close supervision, we placed the newborn raccoon with Sasha. She gave it a sniff, pushed it around a little bit with her nose and as it began to cry her eyes lit up. Sasha was SO excited to have another baby to care for.
Over the next few weeks, it was as if Sasha knew that we had saved her and wanted to return the favor. She cared for the little raccoon as if it were her own, nursing and cleaning it along with her baby. The raccoon and the puppy grew fat and happy together. They both learned from each other, the raccoon would whine like a puppy and the puppy even learned to chirp like a baby raccoon!
We knew that we had to find the perfect forever homes for our little family. Sasha was a favorite of everyone and seemed to appreciate everything that had been done for her.
The story of Sasha, the puppy, and the baby raccoon had a happy ending for everyone. The puppy was adopted into a wonderful loving home with a family. Sasha was adopted and has a perfect home with lots of animal friends. Everyone at our hospital misses them, but they both come to visit often. The raccoon is currently living with another baby raccoon, learning how to survive in the wild. He spends several hours a day out in the woods and will be released back into the wild when he is ready.
Sasha is an example of the conditional love that a rescued pet can show. She was a caring mom to both her real baby and her adopted one. She is a great little dog who deserved a good home. It makes us so happy and proud to be a part of her rescue and of her animal family’s bright future.

 

Update 8/30/11
Here is the latest update from our rehab-er
Happy to report that Nuggets & Chatters are doing real good being out in the woods. They both show up pretty much every night for a snack of cat food & Honey Nut Cheerios, but are not overly hungry. They have lost a little weight but that is to be expected at first. The biggest problem is getting them to go back, Nuggets will waltz right in the house given half a chance and they will stay & play on the porch as long as we are there. Have to go in, shut the door and turn off the light to get them to go back. It’s funny to see Nuggets trying to get the wild babies to play with him.

Update 8/23/2011
Another note from the rehab-er:
UPDATE on Nuggets & Chatters: We went on our walks this last weekend, Chatters had her last shot on Saturday & hard as it was for me I released them Sunday evening as planned. I am very happy to report that after their first night completely free Nuggets & Chatters are still together. They came down from the same tree close to the house for a snack of Honey Nut Cheerios and cat food. It makes me even happier that they weren’t particularly hungry, means they found food out in the woods overnight. Well on their way to being completely wild and self sufficient.

Update 8/8/11
This is from the rehab-er:
New beginnings for Nuggets and Chatters. Started letting them out by themselves at 4:30 am Saturday & Sunday, then we would go for our walk and come inside for our nap. Too HOT to stay out all day for 2 little air-conditioned babies. Back to work today, so I had to do something, but they stay close to the house. So I took them breakfast when I got home at 9:30 and they will be out alone till 5:30. Yesterday Nuggets found and ate a recently dead minnow and decided he likes raw eggs last night. First steps to being completely independent of people. She also stated that Nugget is always excited to get out every morning.

Update 8/4/11
Brad from The Pet Doctor went on a hike with Nugget/Po, Chatters (his new Raccoon friend), and Terry, who is helping rehab him, on 8/3/11.Nugget is becoming more and more wild everyday, he is climbing trees, swimming, and catching bugs.  Terry continues to train him and Chatters on the way a wild raccoon should be acting.  The hike lasted around four
hours, through creeks, over dead trees, and even through a wild black berry field.  Nugget is loving becoming a wild Raccoon!  Below are some new video’s and pictures of Nugget and his friend in the wild.

Meet Chatters

More Playing in the Tree

Look who likes the water

Look who acts like a wild Raccoon

Can You Find Me?

More swimming

Sasha’s story is a wonderful example of the resilience and compassion that a rescued animal can show.
Sasha is a small, mixed breed terrier dog. She was used as a breeding dog for many years. At the age of 12, she was surrendered to an animal shelter. She was very pregnant and was probably destined for euthanasia.
Sasha was pulled from the shelter by a rescue organization and was brought to our veterinary hospital, The Pet Doctor, for evaluation. Due to her advanced stage of pregnancy and her age, she was determined to be high risk and was hospitalized. Only three days after being pulled from the shelter, Sasha gave birth to two puppies. Unfortunately, due to the lack of her prenatal care, one of the puppies didn’t survive.
The First Video of Sasha, Nugget/Po, and Lucy

Sasha was a doting mom to her single little puppy. She seemed to be very happy and relieved to be in a stable, caring environment and they began to thrive.
Across town, another baby animal found itself in a precarious situation. A baby raccoon was found, orphaned and abandoned. A caring person brought the newborn raccoon into the veterinary hospital. Luckily, we are a licensed wildlife rehabilitation hospital and often help injured and orphaned wildlife. We were afraid that we would not be able to easily provide the care that such a tiny baby needed and knew that the best care would be provided by an animal mom.

Mothers Day Video

We thought of a crazy, wonderful idea and decided to give it a try. Under close supervision, we placed the newborn raccoon with Sasha. She gave it a sniff, pushed it around a little bit with her nose and as it began to cry her eyes lit up. Sasha was SO excited to have another baby to care for.
Over the next few weeks, it was as if Sasha knew that we had saved her and wanted to return the favor. She cared for the little raccoon as if it were her own, nursing and cleaning it along with her baby. The raccoon and the puppy grew fat and happy together. They both learned from each other, the raccoon would whine like a puppy and the puppy even learned to chirp like a baby raccoon!
We knew that we had to find the perfect forever homes for our little family. Sasha was a favorite of everyone and seemed to appreciate everything that had been done for her.
The story of Sasha, the puppy, and the baby raccoon had a happy ending for everyone. The puppy was adopted into a wonderful loving home with a family. Sasha was adopted and has a perfect home with lots of animal friends. Everyone at our hospital misses them, but they both come to visit often. The raccoon is currently living with another baby raccoon, learning how to survive in the wild. He spends several hours a day out in the woods and will be released back into the wild when he is ready.
Sasha is an example of the conditional love that a rescued pet can show. She was a caring mom to both her real baby and her adopted one. She is a great little dog who deserved a good home. It makes us so happy and proud to be a part of her rescue and of her animal family’s bright future.

 

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