I had the privilege of capturing some incredible shots of a mother raccoon and her young offspring during my three-day photography trip to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. On the first day, I noticed the mother raccoon foraging for food near the auto tour road where I had parked my pickup. Little did I know that the following day, I would have the opportunity to photograph her with her young.

Tired Raccoon
Tired Raccoon
Tired Raccoon #2
Tired Raccoon #2
Raccoon With Young
Raccoon With Young

I was parked on the side of the auto tour road with my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5                            
  • Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11 

Technical: First Photo

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date Taken: June 9 and 12, 2021
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/500
  • ISO: 5000 (Auto)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

Unique Information on Mom Raccoons:

Did you know that mom raccoons are among the most dedicated and nurturing mothers in the animal kingdom? They are known to go to great lengths to protect and care for their young, even in the face of danger and adversity.

One interesting fact about mom raccoons is that they often give birth to litters of up to six babies at a time! Despite having their paws full with such a large brood, these hardworking moms never hesitate to put their offspring’s needs before their own.

In addition to providing food and shelter for their young, mom raccoons are also expert educators. They teach their babies valuable survival skills, such as how to climb trees and find food, which will serve them well throughout their lives.

Another interesting fact about mom raccoons is that they have a special call that they use to communicate with their babies. This unique vocalization, known as a “chirp,” is used to locate and reunite with their young when they become separated.

In conclusion, mom raccoons are truly amazing creatures with a remarkable level of dedication and care for their young. It was an honor to witness and capture this tired mom raccoon

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