A Very Sad Raccoon Tale ~ A New Years Dedication

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UploadedSeptember 23, 2011
TakenSeptember 23, 2011
MakeEastman Kodak Company
ModelKODAK EASYSHARE C182 Digital Camera
Exposure1/60 sec at f/2.9
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length5.7 mm

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A: Do you know?

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Broken leg or hip? As I was on my way to the drug store, I saw a car swerve. So I stopped. Heavy traffic and all. Smart? No. Would I do it again? Yes. There was a very young raccoon in the middle of the road. I saved this little coon from the middle of a very busy road this evening around 6:30 PM. Soon the police were on site so at least if I got run over, I thought perhaps they may at least get a description of the car that did it. The little coon was already hit, I presume by a car. He sat in the middle of a 5 lane road. One young lady finally did stop and came to help me. I will be ever grateful to her for that. She brought a box from her car and we finally got the little fella in a box. The young lady made several calls to see where we could get him some help. Must find him/her help tomorrow AM as the ER 24/7 animal clinic does not treat wild animals and the Environmental Center is now closed for the day . I just know if there had been a Vet I could have taken him to then, he could have been saved.

(This picture taken after I got home ~ Sept 22, 2011 8:15 PM )

(After I had put in the dry cat food, I realized he was to small to chew it as he had baby teeth, so I added water like the wild raccoons Mama's do who eat here.) It was all for naught but I know I tried and will never regret that -

11:15 PM Shallow, labored respiration’s. Tiny Tim has passed away. The story has ended :-( RIP little one and my Rainbow Bridge family will be there to meet you at the Gate. I am so sorry I could not do more for him. All I know just now is, I am so sorry, yet also so Thankful to the young lady - Ashley Brooks- that stopped to help us.


This story was nominated story of the week by Dorothy Menosky (9-28-2011) Thank you so much Dorothy for nominating my story. I will be ever grateful to you for that.

Thank you Arla Ruggles for nominating this story for story of the week. (10-11-11) Thank you so much Arla for nominating my story. I will be ever grateful to you for that.

Thank you Niharika Sanyal for nominating this story for story of the week. (10-27-11) Thank you so much Niharika for nominating my story. I will be ever grateful to you for that.

Thank you John Linton for nominating this story for story of the week. (11-4-11) Thank you so much John for nominating my story. I will be ever grateful to you for that. Perhaps one day it will win.

I have added a song below dedicated to Tiny Tim and all the animals and people I have lost.

**************** New Years 2012 ***********************

In the The Ones We Love photo essay.

19 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    I'm so sorry that this did not have a happy ending. But you tried, and that's what matters, and you'll always have this photo to remind you of what was not meant to be.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    A touching story, Gloria. Thank you.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    Susan & Dick summed this up perfectly! Your a very special carer for our animals in need, I salute you Gloria!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    I stand beside Chris....saluting too!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    Thank all of you for your comments and fav's.... I am just so sorry I could not save him.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    Oh no Gloria. I know that hurt so much but you are an angel to have tried. He did not die all alone and frightened on the side of the road. It is sad when the people that have sworn to help take care of animals don't help after hours. So very sad.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    You and the lady who stopped to help, tried!! Given the busy traffic you risked your own safety to do so, and he did not die alone! It's so frustrating when the agencies that are set up to help wildlife only work limited hours.. we've run into that situation here too. Thank you for sharing Tiny Tim's story..

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    Poor little thing but I am sure he realized that you cared before he died..Just the look of trust on its face gives that impression...Great picture and narrative.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (26 Sep 2011):

    I am sorry this little guy didn't make it. It was fortunate that you took him out of the road before he was hit again. He probably had some internal injuries too. So sad.

  • Rosemarie Ouellette

    Rosemarie Ouellette gave props (6 Oct 2011):

    Pool little guy had love at least.

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    I am sorry he did not make it, but you tried your best and I'm sure he was happy for some time.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Nov 2011):

    Fabulous photo essay.

  • Barb Rexroat

    Barb Rexroat said (10 Nov 2011):

    Lots of wild critters get killed on the road, but we hate to see them suffer.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (28 Feb 2012):

    I'm sorry Tiny Tim I wish I could have saved you.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (29 Dec 2012):

    Remembering little Tiny Tim.. he was such a sweet looking little guy, how incredibly sad his life ended so soon. At least he had a few hours of care and comfort before he passed..

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (30 Dec 2012):

    you a wonderful person to care !!!! so many would jusy have ignored the situation.You will be blessed

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