@bearish - that is his name! : )
@katastrofa - actually if it were legal and best for him overall, I would like to keep him. However, that is only legal in this state under certain circumstances.
So, in fact, tomorrow I am taking the state licensing exam for wildlife rehabilitation. Then, if he is not releasable this fall or next spring with a cohort of other raccoons, I will apply for an educational permit to keep him for the longer term.
Too many people think it will be fun to have a wild animal as a pet and they mistakenly think that domestication is possible (and easy).
Raccoons are beautiful, curious, intelligent, and adaptable, but they can also be quite aggressive, destructive, and are, at the very least, assertive creatures. They can also be active or passive carriers of rabies.
Thus, the other thing I will have to do, if we are going to have a long-term relationship, is get a set of pre-rabies vaccinations. It's more than I would do for some relationships, that's for sure. : D It is likely to make me feel sick for a few weeks (unless I am lucky) and is quite expensive (est. $1,000-$2,000).
But otherwise the risks are high and consequences severe.
On a lighter note - a Rehab Brainteaser:
You have an injured baby rabbit that weighs 6.45 ounces,...it needs to drink x ounces of formula per day....with antibiotic medicine dosage in micro grains per kg of body weight....etc.
The "exotic formularies" are a big deal - and it's not hard math, but the exam is timed, so it's a good thing I can use a calculator!