Photo of the Day: Young Raccoons Bunk In Wilmette Dining Room

Mystery pair last seen on porch.

With both children and grandchildren in the area, family dropping in is a constant for Sylvia Flinn at her Wilmette home. However, when Flinn played host to two siblings early yesterday morning, it was far from blood relatives who stopped by.

In fact, they were two rather small, frightened looking young raccoons who had settled down in Flinn’s dining room some time before 5 a.m., Monday. But Flinn soon showed the two the door. 

“I turned on the light and opened the door and one went out, and one wouldn’t go out,” said Flinn. “He went to the corner, by the door, he or she, whatever...” Flinn ended up helping the second small animal by carrying him out to her front porch.


“I didn’t want to hold him, though, like a baby. So I picked him up by his back and he didn’t like that. But it was far enough down so he couldn’t get me on the arm, and then, when he did get out and see the light on and the other one on the steps, he did go out, ” Flinn continued. 

Reunited after their brief separation, the two raccoons spent the rest of the day, and early afternoon, huddled in a corner of Flinn’s porch. How the two got in and why is a mystery. Flinn said she would soon contact animal control and try to find out. 

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Margo Paul September 02, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Maybe through a chimney. I remember seeing a large oil painting moving. It was hung over an old fireplace. The movement was caused by baby raccoons that had managed to create a hole through the wall where there was part of a chimney flue type thing. Their mother was outside on top of the chimney hissing. We put the babies in a basket and left them outside by the brick chimney and left. When we returned, they were gone and so was the mom. I bet they got in through the chimney into the fireplace. if they had one.
Jackie Amato September 02, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Where were the parents?!!
Glenn Wall September 02, 2011 at 10:59 PM
It was determined that they got in though the chimney, which is where they found raccoon hair. It is now capped.


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