Baby raccoon

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A baby raccoon, or kit, is still a wild animal, with emphasis on”wild”. They are not meant to be domesticated like dogs and cats. It took thousands of years to achieve the healthy domestication of family pets which we commonly see today. With this said, there are still ways to domesticate a raccoon if you really need to, but it is strongly advised to consult an expert on raccoons before attempting to care for a kit on your own. Read on to learn about the serious disadvantages of trying to domesticate a wild raccoon, or any other wild animal for that matter.

Your Dwelling

They have to be un-caged and free to roam to be able to live healthy lives, and this causes issues within a individual’s home. By way of instance, they like to dig nests for themselves and float beneath them. This means your bed or couch would be the ideal hole digging paradise for them. A raccoon would essentially need its living room with its own furnishings to be safe and relaxed as they could be, indoors; differently, you can kiss your mattresses, couches, recliners, and sofas goodbye.

They’re also skilled climbers and as said before, very curious. They can and will get into everything and anything, such as trash cans, cabinets, drawers, potted plants, laundry baskets, and more. Your entire home would basically need to be proofed and especially constructed to replicate their natural environment and to accommodate them in your home.

Health Risks

Although cute and irresistible appearing, raccoons are carriers of several viral diseases including rabies, distemper, canine hepatitis, and more. They’re also known to possibly spread roundworms and more serious variations of the infection. This is a huge red flag for anybody wanting to adopt and domesticate a baby raccoon they have found in the wild. Even if taken to a vet, the raccoon may have irreversible harm or have already infected your home. Health issues are important to think about if you are still thinking about making a wild raccoon your pet.

Legal Concerns

In most states, having a raccoon is illegal anyway. It’s a risk to take in a stray raccoon or other wild animal as it may result in a load of fines and even loss of animal ownership rights. Other states require a license to own an exotic animal, in which a raccoon is categorized under. Raccoons bite and this threat is taken seriously among many regional governments. This is just another reason to reconsider domesticating a baby raccoon, however cute and helpless it may be.

Local Resources

There are lots of organizations and resources that will take in a stray exotic animals and relocate them to a safer and secure habitat.

Kids and Wildlife

Bird'S Nest, Chicks, Tit, Bill, NestSo much misinformation circulates through our lives about wildlife. How many of our mothers told us that if you touch a fallen baby bird, the individual smell will drive away the parents and they’ll no longer care for this? How many people have found a nest of baby bunnies in a field, no parent in sight, presumed they were abandoned, and took them home and tried to raise them? How many”left” baby birds have been”rescued” simply because they were found on the ground and could not quite fly yet? . .how many animal lovers have raised a baby raccoon for a pet, only to be badly bitten when that adorable baby become an unmanageable adolescent?

How many folks realize that taking in wildlife without a special license to care for them is not even legal in most countries? Most don’t, and generations of people have educated their children these myths, presuming they were fact simply because good grandpa told grandma, who told dad, who passed the wisdom (or lack thereof) along.

If a baby bird falls from the nest, the best thing you can do for it is to try to get it back into the nest. If you cannot get it into that nest, create a makeshift nest (a strawberry basket or margarine tub lined with paper towels will do) and tuck it into a safe place near where you found the bird. The parents do not care if you handled it, and will, indeed, almost definitely return to feed it till it can fledge (leave the nest). If it’s an older infant, fully feathered, hopping about on the floor, leave it alone!

“Falling out of the nest” is a very normal part of how old babies learn to fly. Its parents are nearby, watching, encouraging it to use those small wings. Unless you’re absolutely certain that the parents are dead, don’t interfere.

Wild rabbits, the greatest prey species, only return to their nests a couple of times a day to nurse their young. Those infants”abandoned” in the field aren’t abandoned in any respect. They’ve been left there by their mothers, to prevent leading predators to the nest. Leave them alone, or momma-bunny will return at dusk to discover that her babies have been abducted!

And raccoons? Even experienced wildlife rehabilitators can’t legally raise raccoons without a special permit for rabies vector species. Raccoons are considered among the most dangerous creatures to rehabilitate, and not simply because they are among the primary animals to spread rabies. They also carry a kind of roundworm that is often deadly to other animal species. . .including humans.

So, if you find a wild animal or bird that’s actually in need of rescue (you are sure beyond doubt that the parents are dead, or it’s been hurt in some way that requires medical attention), what do you do? Many vets have a list of rehabbers local to them, or you can Google”wildlife rehabilitators” for your region.

And what do you educate the kids?

As soon as you find your local rehab center, stick together. They get no government funds, and every effort they make comes from their own pockets. They’re sometimes on call at insane hours, and the task of caring for orphaned and injured creatures is one that often receives no thanks, and gets no downtime. Once”baby season” starts, many rehabilitators get very little break, and they’re all unpaid volunteers.

Learn their schedule and show up to support them at these talks.

Ask whether the center gives tours (they will not be able to show you animals who are to be released, but many have educational animals as permanent residents), and make an appointment to bring the kids. Though you won’t be working with the wild animals, there are quite a few other chores that have to be performed, and lots of centers accept volunteer supplies happily. Encourage your kids to listen and learn, and to genuinely care.

By becoming a household that supports your local wildlife rehabbers, you haven’t just helped to protect this generation of crazy creatures. You have set forth on the adventure of raising a new generation of educated humans who will teach their own kids safety, wisdom and respect for all life.

Wild rats

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Wild rats are mammals that belong to the rodent family. Bearing the scientific name Rattus norvegicus, they are common all over the world. They are adaptable to any climate. Founded in Asia, they spread across the world, mostly onboard ships. It is believed that there are as many rats as people in the world.

They’re like but normally larger than mice. They are omnivores and can eat almost anything. They feed on a variety of items including plant and animal materials. They nest in burrows or in any safe location that’s usually situated near their favourite food source and water. Their lifespan is only about a year. They have the ability to breed at a few months of age. Gestation lasts for 21 to 22 days. Within this short time span, one female rat can produce up to seven litters annually, each containing six to 22 young.

Wild rats are aggressive, active, and flexible; nevertheless they have been domesticated as far back as the 17th century. The perceptions of rats are highly sophisticated, and their ability to climb, jump, burrow and gnaw gains them entry to areas inaccessible to other mammals. There are two basic types of rats, the black or roof rat and the Norway or brown rat. They differ in size, habits, food preferences and regions. Black rats are 8 inches long and have a tail longer than its body and brown rats are 10 inches long and have a tail shorter than its body.

Like all other rodents, they are socially unacceptable mammals because of the problems they’ve caused mankind throughout recorded history. They spread diseases, damage structures and contaminate food and feed. They carry diseases potentially deadly to man, such as Weil’s disease, plague, salmonella food poisoning and toxoplasmosis. They can cause serious structural damage to buildings, pipe work and wiring systems by their constant gnawing.

Start Running!

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We all know that cardio activities, like running, are fantastic for your health. Getting into a running routine will enhance your well-being on numerous levels, both physically and mentally. If you are new to running, or thinking about starting, knowing where and how to begin can be the most challenging aspects of getting up and moving. The best thing to do is to set a target and then collect a running plan.

Even if you don’t now run at all, it can take as little as 6 weeks to train for these races. Most cities have 5K races on a regular basis, and they typically support good causes. Or, simply make it your goal to run 3.1 miles in 6 weeks. So, set your sites on a target, and then follow this easy, 6-week training program.

Week 1

Workout

This first week you simply want to set your sites on getting off the sofa and getting moving. Start simply by choosing four days to run, or walk, 0.5 miles. If you choose to walk, do so at as fast a pace as you’re comfortable with.

Strength-Building

You also need to plan to do two days of light strength-building. Strength-building is very important when training for a race as it builds the muscles required for continual running. You do not need to lift heavy weights and bulk up. The weight of your body or, light, free weights, will be more than enough.

Diet

During this first week it is a good idea to also begin adding healthy foods to your diet, which will give you energy as you run. Avoid heavy and greasy foods that can cause you to feel tired and drain your energy. Foods, such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables are terrific for high nutrition energy.

Workout

Now that you’ve made it through your first week, up your mileage to 1 mile, three or four times weekly. Try to run the whole way if you’re able to, even if it is at a very slow pace. Be certain you stretch before, and after, so you don’t pull any muscles.

Strength-Building

Continue to strength-build double this week. Yoga is a excellent strength building activity because it’s a complete body exercise that many overlook. It’s also a wonderful workout for runners, since it stretches out the muscles that normally get tight, as you build your running distance.

Diet

Continue to incorporate healthy foods to your diet. Definitely eat when you are hungry, but keep in mind that running one mile only burns 100 calories, so snack sensibly.

Workout

You are up to 1.5 miles now!

Strength-Building

Continue to strength-build twice per week. You may choose to add core exercises, like planking, or sit-ups. Make it a goal to plank for 30 seconds.

Diet

Continue to add healthy foods into your diet. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after you workout.

Week 4

Workout

Just three short weeks ago you could not run at all. You can now boost your mileage to 2 miles, three times per week.

Strength-Building

Continue to strength-build twice per week. Try to plank for 45 seconds.

Diet

Consider producing great tasting post-workout smoothies. All you need is frozen fruit, a liquid, such as fruit juice, or milk, and your good to go. Also consider adding greens into your smoothie, like spinach, or kale – they’re jam-packed with anti-oxidants.

Workout

Almost there! Boost your mileage up to 2.5 miles this week. Now that you’re going longer distances make sure to stretch very well before, and after, each workout.

Strength-Building

Continue to strength-build twice per week. Try to board for 60 seconds. Squats are great for strengthening the running muscles in your legs.

Diet

As you run more, you might start becoming depleted of electrolytes. Try to replace them by drinking all-natural coconut water, which is high in potassium. Potassium is an essential electrolyte for runners.

Workout

Now you are ready for the final leg of your practice. You are around 3 miles this week! Try to run 3 times this week, giving yourself a rest day and 2 strength-building days. The day before you run the 5K, it’s a good idea to take a short run, say 1 mile, just to keep your muscles warmed up.

Strength-Building

You can continue to strength-build this week. Just ensure you don’t over-do it.

Diet

Continue to eat healthful foods. A day, or two, until the race, make certain that you don’t eat anything too heavy, or out-of-the-ordinary. You don’t want to have to manage an upset stomach on race day.

Week 6+

Hopefully, after completing your 6 weeks of training, you feel great, both indoors and out. Running could truly be transformative. Don’t stop at 5K. From here you can continue your running routine by maintaining a 3 mile distance. Or, if you are feeling more ambitious, you may set your goals higher and start to train for a 10K (6.2 miles) and, possibly even a Half Marathon (13.1 miles). Just continue to increase your mileage and pay attention to a runner’s diet and you’ll reach your next goal in no time!