I had the pleasure of recording and filming the release of 11 young Raccoons back into the environment. PAWS is an animal rescue and rehabilitation organization based in Lynnwood WA. PAWS is a champion for animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife. Since the PAWS Wildlife Center opened in 1981, PAWS has cared for more than 100,000 wild animals. Their primary goal is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, restore them to full health and return them to the wild as functioning members of their wild population. I was first invited to the capture of these raccoons at the facility ready for release, totally contrasting sounds were evident here, the squeals when they were being handled and the sounds of contentment on their release. My special thanks for giving me the privilege to witness these animals goes to Kevin Mack, the naturalist that works at PAWS.

Raccoon release

Free at last!

Here I have a short video and 2 sound-bytes. The first sound-byte is that of the trilling, churring sounds and the 2nd that of the squeals.

The first sound-byte is that of the trilling

Next is the sound of the squeals

Camera: Sony NXCAM
Recorder: SD 722
Microphones: MKH 40/30
Tripod Mounted with windjammer
Weather: Partly cloudy
Recordist: Martyn Stewart
Camera: Martyn Stewart

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  1. What a great moment to record – they sound very similar to Australian Fruit Bats.
    Nice site by the way!

  2. Ecurb says:

    Thank you for helping me identify the “squealing” and “trilling” sounds heard in middle of night!
    I thought of raccoons as well as opossums and perhaps skunks…now I think I know!

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