Real offspring of flat animal share in Zehlendorf – BZ Berlin

But it is so cute kiekste out of the laundry!

Raccoon star and Instagram BZ story Fritzy has gone viral around the world. Even the American television station CNN talked about the share of flat animals. Now Mistress Raccoon Dr. Mathilde Leininger took four other people under protection to her home in Zellendorf.

Hans weighs 233 grams.  An adult raccoon can weigh up to 10 kilograms (Photo: Ralph Gunther)
Hans weighs 233 grams. An adult raccoon can weigh up to 10 kilograms (Photo: Ralph Gunther)

As wonderful as the offspring looks, the fate of the little ones is quite sad. Hans and Eila are about four weeks old. These two girls were found by animal rescuers from Potsdam, and Hans has lost a paw. “A mouse could have torn it off,” Linener says.

Raccoon dogs open their eyes at about three weeks.  At first glance, they are hardly distinguishable from puppies or kittens (Photo: Ralph Gunther)
Raccoon dogs open their eyes at about three weeks. At first glance, they are hardly distinguishable from puppies or kittens (Photo: Ralph Gunther)

This week, the raccoon mother took in two more animals. A small garden owner found a female in his tree and left her in the woods. Two days later he discovered the offspring. The Animal Rescue Potsdam mediated their new home. Their names: Liz and Lotte.

Liz and Lotte still get their milk by injection (Photo: Ralph Gunther)
Liz and Lotte still get their milk by injection (Photo: Ralph Gunther)

The man committed a criminal offense. Anyone who catches, moves or kills a raccoon pays a fine of up to €10,000. Feeding the animals costs 5,000 euros.

Lininger is now working on a pilot project to control raccoon populations in Berlin. Experts assume that about 1,000 raccoons live in Berlin.

Big Dose: The offspring are fed cat milk every three hours (Photo: Ralph Gunther)
Big Dose: The offspring are fed cat milk every three hours (Photo: Ralph Gunther)

“We want to set up 50 live traps in an area of ​​about 500 hectares in Spandau and catch raccoons,” says the vet. Then the males can be sterilized and the females castrated.

Discussions are already underway with the state animal protection official and Eberswalde University. The project can produce as little as 50 to 70 percent of young animals each year. It can start in August. Linener: “Our goal is the peaceful coexistence of humans and raccoons.”

All set: With a round stomach, there's a snooze after refreshment (Photo: Ralph Gunther)
All set: With a round stomach, there’s a snooze after refreshment (Photo: Ralph Gunther)

Hannes, Awila, Lise and Lotte will still live in Zehlendorf until they find another foster home. Every three hours there is cat milk from the bottle.

By the way, their adult counterparts Fritzie, Marvin and Paul get along well with their offspring. Linener: “You are very social.”


Biases about raccoons

The townspeople are nice to some, a nuisance to others. Which prejudices about raccoons are correct?

Do raccoons kill songbirds?

Fecal analyzes showed that only 3.1 percent of a raccoon’s diet consisted of birds and eggs. Outdoor cats cause more damage.

Do they loot boxes of birds and bats?

might happen. The simplest solution: place the boxes in such a way that raccoons and other predators cannot reach them.

Raccoon Mama Dr.  Mathilde Linner gives the little ones a home (Photo: Ralph Gunther)
Raccoon Mama Dr. Mathilde Linner gives the little ones a home (Photo: Ralph Gunther)

Do raccoons compete with other species for food?

No, they are carnivores. With their sensitive feet they can reach into the smallest spaces that other animals cannot reach.

Do they transmit diseases?

partially. The raccoon roundworm (not found in our area) has been transmitted to humans once so far. Rabies is considered eradicated, and scabies is most often transmitted by foxes.


What to do if an unwanted raccoon visits?

Rumble in the attic, looted trash cans: A raccoon isn’t always a welcome visitor.

Environmental management began a consultation at the raccoon site last summer. The pilot project aims to help Berlin residents plagued by raccoons for free.

An expert can be reached by phone (0157391120 36) or by e-mail (Waschbaer-Berlin@gmx.de).

If necessary, an appointment can be made with an on-site biologist to discuss possible solutions. There will be a follow-up consultation later.

Almost namesake: BZ reporter Johannes Malinowski and baby raccoon Hannes (Photo: Ralph Gunther)
Almost namesake: BZ reporter Johannes Malinowski and baby raccoon Hannes (Photo: Ralph Gunther)

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