Do you hear strange noises coming from within your walls? Sounds like banging or loud scratching noises? Do you hear sounds like muffled chattering or maybe even crying sounds like a baby? If so, you just might have a baby raccoon stuck in your wall!
This can happen if a mother raccoon has given birth in your attic. Sometimes a baby raccoon can fall through a hole in the insulation and end up in your wall. This is a common situation with raccoon babies. Hearing a pitiful crying noise in your wall can be very unsettling. However, handling raccoons can be very dangerous, especially if the mama raccoon is nearby. Please call a wildlife professional before you try to open up a wall or rescue a baby raccoon by yourself.
When we get a call, we try to determine what kind of animal we may be dealing with. It is important to understand the different sounds made by animals. This helps us determine the species we are dealing with and how to best approach the situation. Also, determining the age of the raccoon is very helpful. We have to deal with the situation differently with baby raccoons than we do with an adult raccoon.
If a mother raccoon feels that her babies are being threatened, she will attack anyone or anything nearby. This can be dangerous for the technician and also the homeowners as well. Sometimes the mother raccoon will be gone when we find the babies. We do try to relocate the mother and the babies together whenever possible. Unfortunately, the mother can be killed when out foraging for food, and the babies are left to die of dehydration.
We all know how hot attics can get in Memphis, and for a baby raccoon this can be devastating. If you think you may have a baby raccoon stuck in a wall, call a wildlife professional immediately! Minutes count in this sort of situation.