Woman leaves food for a blind raccoon, then she spots 2 little 'bodyguards' with him
For five years, Eryn had been playing host to a blind raccoon, offering food for the poor creature. One day, the wild animal decided to bring two adorable “bodyguards.”
Based in Illinois, Eryn provided the raccoon with something to eat since 2009. It was the least she could do, and she never thought of it as a bothersome deed.
In time, she grew fond of the raccoon, and she would always anticipate its daily visits. She knew the raccoon had to be at least five years old since it has been rummaging for food at her home for that long.
It wasn’t long until Eryn discovered that the wild creature was blind.
She wrote, “There is something wrong with his tapetum lucidum. His eyes shine bright green during the day. He is at least partially blind. He walks into things. He is afraid of the wind, high grass, birds, and snow."
Eryn said the raccoon usually comes in the morning and sometimes comes back for seconds or thirds.
“His bottom lip is missing so we feed him soft pasta noodles soaked in cream of chicken soup. We often cut up small pieces of hot dogs, ham, pork, etc. He refuses to eat canned cat/dog food."
TWO FELINE BODYGUARDS
Since then, the animal showed up with its two new companions.
One time, Eryn was able to capture the three animals on camera during one of their visits. After they would eat, the cats would go alongside the raccoon back into the wild.
LOSS OF A DEAR FRIEND
By June 2015, the kittens arrived, but the raccoon was not with them. Eryn had assumed the poor creature had passed away.
"We don't know how he passed away but we hope that it was somewhere peaceful in the woods behind our house. We took care of him for more than 5 years," she wrote.
Eryn pointed out that the raccoon had outlasted its average lifespan. Raccoons in the wild live for only one up to three years.
Of course, the kittens were saddened with the loss. At the time, Eryn started taming the two felines.
Soon enough, she had grown to love them and eventually adopted the kittens.
She explained, "Turned out that I needed the black kittens as much as they needed me. Taming them helped me slightly cope with the loss of my mom and my 15 year old cat within 9 days of each other.”
"Before mom came down with the flu that ended up sending her to the ER, she said that she wanted to keep the kittens… (and) didn't want them to get cold," Eryn went on.
Because of the blind raccoon, the two kittens were able to find their forever family in Eryn’s loving home.
ANOTHER RACCOON AND ITS SUPPORTIVE BUDDY
In another story, a different raccoon becomes viral after it was captured on video spending the day with a chocolate Labrador.
Forming an unusual friendship, the two animals bonded over a fun time in the swimming pool.