NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials are trying to find whoever left five well-fed baby raccoons on the doorstep of the Westchester County Health Department.
The raccoons were delivered Friday in a cage with bottles of milk, blankets and toys.
The department said the obvious nurturing means someone had close contact with the animals. It said that person should be interviewed and assessed about the possibility of rabies, which raccoons can carry. The disease is fatal in humans.
A spokeswoman said if the person comes forward, he or she will be asked about any bites or scratches. That would help determine whether the animals must be tested for rabies, which can only be done by killing them.
The raccoons were placed with a certified wildlife rehabilitator who will watch them for signs of rabies.