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"A month ago, a large raccoon began appearing during the daylight to eat birdfood spilled from the feeder. At first I thought she must be rabid since she was out in the daylight, but then discovered that she was hanging to the ground full of milk. She was STARVING nursing her babies. So I began to feed her dry catfood and about a week later she brought her five babies with her. So I've been feeding a family of 6. I've been researching rabies and raccoons and don't have a sense that it's a problem, but I have been cautioned none the less. The mother allows me to play with the babies contrary to all I have read. The five babies remind me of the 7 dwarfs: there's a shy one, a grumpy one, the most curious one (who has bonded the most and lets me pet her), the most playful one... When I was growing up, some neighbors of ours had a raccoon shed and kept pet raccoons. I started buying grapes; they love those. Grapes and catfood. One evening the mother nursed all 5 in my presence. I've read that overly friendly behavior can be a sign of rabies. But I've only found one reference that mentioned rabies in association with raccoons...... Well it's entertaining and I'm alone...Oh, one last thing - since there are no adult males, no issue with cats. Raccoons have come to eat off and on for years here and I've never had an issue with them and the cats."

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