A group of hitchhiking baby raccoons are calling the Oakland Zoo home while a search for a permanent residence is underway, according to zoo officials.
In September, a man who was traveling from Fort Meyers, Florida to Stinson Beach had his moving van burglarized while still in Florida, and unbeknownst to him a pregnant raccoon give birth inside the truck as a result.
Zoo officials said the raccoon mom likely entered through a broken window of the van, and gave birth to the six raccoon cubs.
After a four-day cross-country trip, the man began to unpack and found five of six cubs alive but near death after several days without food or water. One cub didn’t survive.
Upon his discovery of the baby raccoons, the man immediately contacted WildCare, a wildlife hospital and environmental center in San Rafael.
WildCare officials said they raised the cubs for several months with the intent of releasing them back …