I received an e-mail from the director of the Wildlife Center yesterday.
She informed me that the woman who dropped off the raccoons had
allowed her two young daughters to handle them and hand- feed
them. If the raccoons were not tested soon they would have to undergo
painful rabies vaccine shots.
Since Sunday, the smaller raccoon had died, however, it showed no obvious
signs of rabies. The remaining one was still severely dehydrated even
after a round-the-clock Pedialyte regimen. It didn't look well.
I decided to drop off the remaining live raccoon and the dead one
at the center yesterday afternoon. They will be tested for the rabies virus.
In hindsight, I may have made the wrong choice on Sunday.
I had several raccoons as pets while growing up and when I saw the two
in the cardboard box I lost my perspective. It is still sad that the center had to destroy an animal to protect a human's
health, when they are supposed to be in the business of protecting the animals from
the continous assault by humans.