CuriOdyssey, in San Mateo, California, is known for its collection of wildlife rescues. One of which is an elderly raccoon named Merlin. His brother passed four years ago so he’s been going it solo. At almost 14 years old, this geriatric loner will be the oldest living raccoon in captivity (on record) in March.
In the wild, raccoons generally live only two to three years so Merlin is quite the trooper. He does have some back problems and is kind of a grumpy old man, only warming up to his trainer. He has, however, been enjoying the newly remodeled exhibit which has tripled in size and now features a shallow running stream and grassy play areas. Merlin will soon have to learn to share though.
CuriOdyssey Brings In The Girls
Yesterday, for the first time, new raccoons Tilly and Pebbles were introduced to their new outdoor home. The two girls were in quarantine for 90 days after their arrival from Wisconsin so it was a pretty significant event. With neither being able to live in the wild, they were brought to CuriOdyssey to thrive and educate.
Tilly, a three-year-old feisty digger, had been regularly fed by local neighbors and lost her fear of humans. She has a wide face and the more traditional gray-ish coloring.
Pebbles, nearly a year old, was taken in and raised by a family who found her by her deceased mother. You’ll know it’s her by her tan stripped tail and pointy nose.
When I told Frans that I was going to CuriOdyssey to check out their two new raccoons he said, “Why?” I must admit that seeing raccoons in the wild can be kind of intimidating with their sharp claws and penetrating glares. Plus, they are known to wreak a bit havoc on unsuspecting suburban households. Raccoons are just the victims of misconception and circumstantial survival.
- As omnivores, they help keep the population of rats, mice, ravens, snails, etc. in check.
- They are also smart, opportunistic, and adaptable so if you have some yummies left outside for the pets or in the garbage, it’s fair game!
- Raccoons didn’t always live in sewers. They actually prefer to be up high but there aren’t enough trees anymore.
So, if you raccoon-proof your yards, close up open spaces, keep and feed the pets inside at night, and keep your distance you can learn to appreciate these fuzzy bandits. I have to say, they were pretty stinking cute running about, climbing, digging, and playing in the water.
The CuriOdyssey Raccoon Exhibit
All three raccoons will not be in the exhibit at the same time, at least not for a while. Marlin and the girls will switch off using the outdoor exhibit until it’s safe to acquaint them with one another. This can be a sensitive and long process but it’s vital for them to all play together nicely.
When will you be heading to CuriOdyssey to meet Pebbles and Tilly?