Wild Animals/Tailless Raccoons


Christine wrote at 2008-12-08 18:52:45

The "Ask a question" link isn't working. Desperation has me posting here. I need help with a found near young adult raccoon with no hair on the face or underside. One rear leg is shrunken and useless. This one's in bad shape. I have captured it and am wondering where to take it for help in the Martinsburg, WV area. Thanks so much.

LC in Van wrote at 2009-12-07 06:23:34
We live in North Vancouver BC and we have a little raccoon visit us every two days or so to sneak some catfood. He is very mellow, a little sweetie pie and just a young-un. Well tonight we were visited by two other raccoons, not so sweet who upturned the cat dish... not scared of much AND they had no tails. It did not appear to be an injury but genetic. Maybe this is a species who is adapting to city life where a tail only gets in the way ? Anyway, they were more like big bullies, possum like - than cute and sweet like our original raccoon visitor.  

Denise Arneson wrote at 2011-10-11 01:22:57
I also have tailless raccoon. I live in a very urban part of San Diego  and I don't think she was wounded. I say she because I had three of them visit last night, the other two had tails and they were climbing allover the tailless coon so I am assuming that she is a Mama and these two were last years babies, now grown. I am trying to get a picture but they are too fast. They don't like the flash and run away then come back quickly. OK I have a confession. They get into my pet food containers and I have not done anything about it. I also have various opossums that visit as well to take advantage of a free meal. I feel that we have taken over their habitat and it's the least that I can do. It's amazing considering  the houses in my area were built in the late 1920's before tract housing, it's a wonder that they have managed to not only survive but thrive.

bucks county pa wrote at 2012-01-07 16:28:30
I was in the woods this morning and a raccoon like animal crawled up a tree next to me. Its tail was about 2" long and fuzzy.  The whole animal looked as discribed byCathy. This was in Buckingham PA. This led me to google tail-less raccoons and found this thread.  

Cathy wrote at 2012-08-20 04:44:41
I have 3 that I feed without tails. One had a litter of 4. They have tails.

One is so friendly. I'm trying to resist handing him food. Haha


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Kathy wrote at 2015-12-07 13:14:07
I just came across this post while researching my own tail-less, mask-less racoon sighting. This is the second time I caught the bugger in my trash. I couldn't believe my eyes the first time. Will try to get a pic the next time. Everything else about the animal was typical racoon. I live in North Pembroke, MA.

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I can answer questions on raising orphaned raptors and wildlife such as Raccoons, Skunks, Oppossums, Ducks, Geese, other songbirds and animals. Turtle shell repair, fish hook removal from waterfowl. I have not had experience with exotic animals, operating on animals or diagnosing diseases.


I have worked as a wildlife rehabilitator for over 30 years. I have experience mending turtle shells, removing fish hooks from Pelicans, hand feeding Hawks, Owls and other birds. I have raised orphaned raptors, ducks, wild geese, grebes, squirrels, deer, raccoons, oppossums, goats, etc. I worked at Pelican Man's Rehab Center in Sarasota Florida as a volunteer for several weeks, I worked for eight years at the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Morgantown, WV, where I kept a Barred Owl for the Educational Demos for over six years and showed him at events.

I grew up on a farm where I started taking in injured and orphaned animals, talking to the local Veterinarian as to what to do for the animal. We had a dairy farm where I did most of the non-operative Vet work under the guidance of a licensed Vet. I have had 30 years of on the job training working with minor animal injuries and hand raising. I have worked for 30 years at a major University as an Information Systems Specialist. Wildlife Rehab has been a hobby and a passion of mine and I have worked with experts in the field to learn what I can to aide wildlife however I can. I worked eight years as a volunteer at the West Virginia Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia and several summers at the Pelican Man Sanctuary in Sarasota Florida. Raising orphans, minor operations on gunshot wounds, setting broken bones, etc.

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