Baby Raccoon at San Diego Humane Society Melts Hearts with His 'Milk Moustache'

At the San Diego Humane Society, dogs and cats aren't the only animals who get a helping paw. The humane society's Ramona Wildlife Center allows all kinds of local animals to become their best selves! Baby raccoons are among the littlest rescue critters in their care, and the team recently gave a sneak peek into some of the babies' favorite times of day: mealtime!

On January 30, one male baby raccoon got a little too excited for his breakfast, and he emerged from the bowl with the biggest milk mustache I've ever seen. I can only imagine how happy his rescuers were to watch him go to town, but no one was nearly as happy as this content little baby. Just look at him!

Aww! This curious little baby may have gotten milk all over the place, but it was well worth it. After all, he has to learn how to drink milk on his own somehow! He may be a rescued animal staying with @sdhumanesociey caregivers around the clock, but he's also growing up to become an independent little critter who will need to feed himself.

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I love watching baby animals explore something new, even if it's just milk in a bowl instead of a syringe. This baby raccoon practically dives into the bowl--getting it everywhere except inside his mouth--and he doesn't have a care in the world. If only we could all feel this happy at breakfast time!

Feeding Baby Raccoons Is a Full-Time Business

As adorable as this behind-the-scenes peek at raccoon raising may be, it's impossible to show just how much work goes into raising these baby animals. To put it lightly, it's a full-time job! On average, baby raccoons need to be fed once every four hours, but that's not even the end of the job.

"Did you know that the caregivers at our Ramona Wildlife Center not only bottle-feed baby raccoons who come into care each year, but they also have the unique task (i.e. high honor) of burping these babies?" asked the humane society. "It's true! Even baby raccoons who've been slurping need help with some burping." LOL! When the babies are eating like this guy does, it's easier to see why the burping is necessary.

Because baby raccoons are completely reliant on their mothers, caring for them can be especially challenging. Even when they're rescue animals, you won't often see raccoons hanging out at most animal shelters or humane societies. It takes extra knowledge and consistent dedication to raise a happy, healthy raccoon, but the moments of joy--like this raccoon baby diving face-first into his milk--make it all worthwhile.

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