Raccoon Hole

Raccoon Hole
By Scott Wright Google

This raccoon hole opened up to reveal an unfolding raccoon drama involving two kind hearted real estate investors, a raccoon baby and a very concerned mother raccoon. This is a raccoon baby story with a happy ending for everyone. It all started with a small hole. A raccoon hole.

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With urban sprawl encroaching upon the natural habitats of indigenous animals stories of nature vs real estate are becoming more common every day. It’s nice when a nature vs real estate report has a good ending. Please enjoy reading about our raccoon hole in the roof of one of our investment properties.

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Raccoon Hole

With the wind from Tropical Storm Hermine last week and all of the daily rain deluges lately Central Florida has been a windy, soggy and moldy place to live lately. At one of our investment properties the neighbor’s aging wooden fence blew down into the back yard. Now the tenants have an awkward view of the neighbor’s pool, backyard and inside of the home.

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Just when we thought this was the “big deal” round about the property an even bigger story began to emerge. A raccoon hole story that actually evolved into a raccoon baby story.

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There is a very large old camphor tree beside the front porch of the home. As you may or may not know, camphor trees are notorious for shedding branches after a steady rainfall. In my opinion the camphor tree is nothing more than a giant troublesome weed that has no business being next to a home. But trees are part of what you inherit when you purchase a property. At least they give off a pleasant smell when limbs break off. This is exactly how this raccoon hole got its start.

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A medium sized camphor limb decided it would fall off the tree and impact the front porch roof. The limb striking the porch was truly of little consequence. The tenants didn’t even hear it or notice it laying beside the front porch. However, the branch left a very small ding the porch roof on the driveway side. By “ding” I mean a dent maybe the size of a silver dollar. I was going to patch it with a dab of tar actually. That is how inconsequential this damage was. However, I thought if I let it sit over night and though the next sunny day it would give the shingles a chance to dry out before I put the patch on. This must have been exactly the opportunity a local raccoon was searching for over night.

We didn’t even have to put up a raccoon sign saying “Roof ding opportunity bring your family!”

So, being of the opinion that we had a rock solid plan for repairing this small issue we left the property with plans to return the following day around sunset. Adequate time for the roof to be dry and air cooled down from a hot summer day. We pulled up into the driveway after having a wonderful dinner in College Park, Florida at a little cafe’ called Cristo’s Cafe’. To my surprise I noticed what looked like a big giant hole in the roof. At that point I had absolutely no idea it was a raccoon hole. I just knew it was a “BIG HOLE”.

We parked the car and got out and it was overwhelmingly apparent that a little tablespoon of tar was not going to fix what we were looking at. Below are some photos of what we saw. Not the little hole from the night before But instead a giant raccoon hole! But still, this had yet to be determined. At this point, we thought it was just much larger damage from a tree branch then we had previously ascertained.

Identifying A Raccoon Hole

Well, I got out the ladder and started assessing the roof damage by pulling off the damaged shingles. I began to get a little suspicious since the wood looked a bit “chewed” on the edges and it was still very damp. However, the real giveaway that this was a raccoon hole was just off to my left just at the very edge of my vision.

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Up on the main roof off to my right was a big pudgy raccoon. The raccoon seemed very interested in what I was doing and since it was the middle of the day it was difficult to brush this visitor off as coincidence. As I stood on the ladder thinking my way though this raccoon keeping an eye on me it began to dawn on me that she was a little more then just curious. Something was wrong.

raccoonholesI carefully removed the old damaged roof planks. There was nothing! However, the mother raccoon would not leave. I believed at this point I must be missing something. So I got out my flashlight and began really looking around inside the porch roof attic space. It was clean. Nothing in sight. Nothing at all. At this point I began to weigh out the cost of wood versus the value of potentially saving the life of a little helpless wild thing. One of my favorite things to tell fellow investors about buying wood frame houses started running all though my brain. I say it ALL THE TIME.

“Why wouldn’t you purchase a wood frame home when investing in real estate? Wood is so darn cheap to fix!” ~Scott

I decided to remove the wood all the way down to the drip edge of the roof. It was a bit old anyway and eventually I was going to have to re-roof the home. Heck, it was only two more boards and they were pretty small. Well, it was exactly the correct decision.  There she was laying at the very edge of the roof and very much worth saving. A little baby raccoon was in that raccoon hole after all. A precious little life that a mother dearly loved.

Repairing Raccoon Hole In Roof

Repairing the raccoon hole in the roof was very simple. I replaced the equivalent of two 1″x6″ pine boards that were each 6′ long ($15). I even had left over wood. About 5 foot of tar paper I got off a roll left over from an old job (free) was enough to patch the underlay. Then finished the job off with a square of shingles which I only used half of ($23) for a total raccoon hole roof repair cost of $38.00. Well worth the baby raccoon saving effort.

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So, to end this story. We found a recording of a raccoon baby chattering for it’s mother on our cell phone. We took the raccoon baby from the raccoon hole to a tree near the house where we had seen raccoons before and placed the baby in the tree hole. Then, we played the raccoon baby sounds from the video on our phone.

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At the peak of the roof the mother raccoon quickly stood up and started looking at the tree. She managed to jump onto a low tree branch and quickly traversed the tree limbs to the hole in the tree where her raccoon baby was. The mother was absolutely elated. We actually believe she poked her head out of the tree and stared at us for a while. Possibly a way for her to communicate her thanks to us.

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We want you to take a lesson away from this raccoon hole story. If you find a raccoon hole in your home, your roof, your yard or in a friends yard it’s not that bad. In fact, most of the things people THINK they know about wild animals is absolutely FALSE.

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Most of them are not sick or dangerous. Just be cautious and smart. Realize there is less and less space for animals to live in these days as communities continue to outgrow animal habitats. It is absolutely FALSE that if you touch a raccoon baby that the mother will reject the baby. This is one raccoon mother who was greatly relieved to have her baby back in her care.

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