Dateline – July 4, 2020 – Dallas, Texas

Andrew the albino Raccoon

You may remember, from a few weeks ago, our article about wildlife rehabber, Sharon Finney and her newest charge, Andrew the albino Raccoon. Well, over the weekend we had occasion for a followup visit. It was way past time to check in and see how little Andrew was doing.

What a difference a few weeks makes! Since the last time I visited, Andrew has been moved into a larger outdoor enclosure, which he continues to share with his friend, April—a similarly aged female with typical Raccoon coloration. When we first met Andrew and April they were only a few weeks old and still required bottle feeding. Now both Raccoons are several times larger, fully weaned, and always hungry.

Andrew and April

I arrived at Sharon’s house just in time for the Raccoon’s mid-day feeding. Grapes, lettuce, dog food, peaches, oranges, tuna, raw chicken, and yogurt covered raisins were on the menu this afternoon. The plump, green grapes were clearly a favorite, but none of the food lasted long before the onslaught of these two hungry Raccoons. I sat in the corner of their enclosure, taking pictures and thoroughly enjoying the antics of the mismatched pair as they gorged themselves in comical ways. Mischief-making is never wanting when it comes to Raccoons.

Raccoon food… it’s what’s for dinner.
Here comes April!
Andrew was not far behind!
Time to eat!
Andrew has really grown since we first met.
Grapes were a clear favorite!
April took a little of her food to the swimming pool to wash it…
a signature Raccoon behavior!
Back for more!
A one-of-a-kind Raccoon!

Afterwards, Sharon had another surprise for me. As if an albino Raccoon was not enough of a rarity for one baby season, Sharon had just recently accepted another very unique baby animal in need…

Meet Cinnamon, a young Opossum with a distinctive soft, reddish-brown coloration that inspired her name. Opossums are typically a darker shade of gray, and Cinnamon’s unique coloration was fascinating to see. This little Opossum was rescued from a swimming pool, and she will stay in Sharon’s care until a permanent home can be found for her.

Cinnamon, the uniquely colored Opossum
Cinnamon, doing her best impersonation of a gremlin
Cinnamon in her enclosure

As we were returning little Cinnamon to her cage, there came a knock at the front door. It was a group of Sharon’s friends bearing gifts—five more baby Opossums! In addition to Cinnamon, Sharon already had eleven other Opossums under her care. The oldest were a group of nine siblings. Add to that another two, slightly younger Opossums… all still requiring tube feedings. With the new set of five—even younger—Opossums, feeding time at Sharon’s place will be very busy for a long time to come.

Five very young baby Opossums.
A handful of babies! Notice the darker coloration as compared to Cinnamon
Placed in an incubator for added warmth
These pouches are handcrafted with baby Opossums in mind.
They are produced and supplied to rehabbers like Sharon by a team of volunteers
This is the device used to feed baby Opossums before they are weaned
Nine more—much older—baby Opossums
Snug a bugs in their handcrafted pouch
Two more babies brings the total to 17 Opossums in Sharon’s care

Once again, all of this good work is made possible by the support of Texas Metro Wildlife Rehabilitators, a nonprofit organization located here in the metroplex. Their network of dedicated wildlife rehabilitators work together to aid and assist injured and orphaned wildlife. If you would like to learn more about Texas Metro Wildlife Rehabilitators, offer your volunteer services, or donate to the cause please visit their website by clicking the link below…

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