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    Raccoons attack Georgia baby in her crib

    A 9-month-old baby is in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital after she was attacked by two raccoons while sleeping in her crib in the same room as her mother.
    Authorities say they are investigating how the raccoons got inside the home and whether the family was keeping the animals as pets.

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    Very sad. I trapped 10 raccoons out of our yard last summer, 1 a week. They can be very agressive. All it would take, is dog food and a pet door, and tolerant residents. I hope they didn't invite them in. That's child neglect, IMO. I hope the baby recovers.

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    I live in Ga, very very close Newton Co. where this happened...
    I was burning up the min. the 5 o clock news came on and I heard that "supposedly" the raccoons squeezed into a space beside an air conditioner...immediately my hinky meter went up...
    I do believe these people were keeping the racoons as pets...as this poor baby paid for it...the local news said it bit the baby on her face and ears...so sad...
    The news link also said the baby's mom heard the baby "whimpering...."
    BS! I bet that baby was screaming bloody murder.
    SO very angry about this!

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    Let's also hope that the raccoons weren't rabid.

    Prayers for the little girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Rain View Post
    I live in Ga, very very close Newton Co. where this happened...
    I was burning up the min. the 5 o clock news came on and I heard that "supposedly" the raccoons squeezed into a space beside an air conditioner...immediately my hinky meter went up...
    I do believe these people were keeping the racoons as pets...as this poor baby paid for it...the local news said it bit the baby on her face and ears...so sad...
    The news link also said the baby's mom heard the baby "whimpering...."
    BS! I bet that baby was screaming bloody murder.
    SO very angry about this!
    I agree with you raccoons usually don't stick around unless they are fed. I've lived in GA for almost 3 years and we are surrounded by woods and I don't think I have even seen a raccoon. I've seen deer and rabbits but nobody feeds them so they don't hang around. I watch this show called fatal attraction and I can't believe some of the animals people feed. This one guy has a bison for a pet. Most of the time the people get eaten, by their pets. I hope these raccoons didn't have rabies because I heard those shots are awful. I pray for this baby.
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    I can't speak for Georgia, but out here in the southwestern desert, my vet warned me that raccoons have been known to slice through window screens and go after house pets. I encounter raccoons rather frequently in my backyard and while none has been aggressive toward me, they haven't exactly acted frightened either.

    Given that they are omnivores (like us), going after a baby doesn't seem impossible to me. (And as others implied, they might be particularly bold if people--any people, not just the parents of the victim--have been feeding them.)

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    My heart goes out to this poor baby girl. I am praying for her full recovery.
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    We have problems with raccoons every single night.
    There is a pack of 4 or 5 that come on our front porch to steal cat food. Even when we bring the cat food inside for the night, they still come and try to scavenge what they can. I wouldn't call them aggressive, but they're not really scared either.
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    Years ago, while I was picking up horse feed from a local guy. I saw a baby raccoon in a cage. The guy was using it to train his dogs, and I couldn't bare to see that frightened, sweet, little bandit face. I went back that night and took him out of the cage and brought him home. Okay, so I stole him. He was nice as could be. I never even gave it a thought that he could have bitten me!


    Well, I told my dad what I did and he scared me half to death. I had fully intended to keep him as a pet, named him and everything! My dad convinced me to send him off to a wild life sanctuary.

    I shiver, just thinking that this story could very well been about my child! Sometimes, when it comes to abused animals, I have more heart than brains!


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    Rabies shots aren't bad any more just expensive ($3000) went though them this summer with my son. The shot are done in the arm like a normal shot didn't even hurt him. At summer camp this summer bats were living in the cabin he slept in so the camp recommend the shots. and raccon can get into place you would not even think they would fit.


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    After almost 57 years of living in Georgia I have yet to encounter a live raccoon. Deer, rabbits, opossums and even snakes but raccoons I've only seen as road kill, and I live in a heavily wooded area near a lake. Not sure that I am buying that two raccoons would supposedly get into a house through a very small opening and attack a baby. Seems to me that if they got in they would go for the kitchen where food and garbage cans were. Really makes me think that they were keeping them as pets.

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    Recently, we had to have over $9,000 in damage to our home repaired because of raccoons. They dug through the chimney surround and got into our attic. 1) We had the raccoons trapped by a service licensed to do so, and moved to a secluded nature area. 2) The service had to suck all of our old insulation out with a big tube, because there were feces, and there was rain getting in through a hole in the chimney surround. 3) The service had to replace the old insulation with new insulation. 4) The chimney surround had to be repaired and painted.

    I do know about a year prior that people renting a house down the street had raccoons get into their house. They repaired the damage. Apparently, they didn't have the raccoons evacuated.

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    Just heard on the news that one of the raccoons was tested an no rabies. The baby is still in critical condition.

    The other raccoon tested negative for rabies, WSB Radio said.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/raccoon-atta...ed-716139.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    Years ago, while I was picking up horse feed from a local guy. I saw a baby raccoon in a cage. The guy was using it to train his dogs, and I couldn't bare to see that frightened, sweet, little bandit face. I went back that night and took him out of the cage and brought him home. Okay, so I stole him. He was nice as could be. I never even gave it a thought that he could have bitten me!


    Well, I told my dad what I did and he scared me half to death. I had fully intended to keep him as a pet, named him and everything! My dad convinced me to send him off to a wild life sanctuary.

    I shiver, just thinking that this story could very well been about my child! Sometimes, when it comes to abused animals, I have more heart than brains!
    I'm glad you learned your lesson without paying a high price.

    But I hope you'll forgive me if I find your story rather sweet.

    The raccoons I see out here in the desert aren't small and they aren't cute. The young ones (adolescents, I assume) are the size of pit bulls; the adults look more like St. Bernards. (No doubt these sizes are exaggerated in my mind; I am very much a city boy and not fond of encounters with wildlife.)

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    Oh racoons can be nasty buggers. While living in the mountains they would sit on the fence and stare at my 2 cats. They also scuttlebugged around all night looking for food. They are not afraid, and heaven forbid you leave a door open.

    This poor baby! I'm praying bio-mom didn't have them as pets. Some can be cute, sure -- but have you ever looked closely at the size of the claws!

    Mel

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