James Blackwood promised his dying wife he’d take care of the animals after she was gone
The chubby raccoons in the video above don’t look as though they’ve ever missed a meal, and they have James Blackwood to thank for that.
Blackwood, who’s also known as the Raccoon Whisperer to those who watch his YouTube videos, has been feeding wild raccoons for 20 years. He obviously loves the furry creatures but says he feeds them to honor his wife’s last request.
“This was my wife’s project, and she died in 2003 of cancer, and begged me on her death bed to take care of her raccoons and cats and her mother,” Blackwood wrote in a YouTube post. “I honored her wishes and took care of the cats and her mother for the next 10 years. I have two rescue cats that live here, Connor and Charlotte, but they stay indoors.”
Blackwood said it all began with a few orphaned raccoons, but over the years the numbers have grown. He said the 25 in the video above is the most he’s fed at one time.
Of course, the chief concern people may have when watching this video of Blackwood covered in raccoons is rabies. After all, raccoons are a primary carrier of the deadly disease, but Blackwood says rabies is not an issue where he lives in Nova Scotia because of the cold climate. But the raccoons do suffer from feline distemper from time to time. Blackwood says he treats the raccoons for diseases, ticks, fleas, and worms.
According to his post, the raccoons live in the woods but come by once a day for food. He says he lives in a forested area with few neighbors, so the critters don’t bother anyone.
In the footage above, Blackwood feeds the raccoons grapes, 10 pounds of hot dogs, cookies, and dog food in an effort to fatten them up for the harsh winter to come. Looks like he’s accomplished his goal.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.