Liam went out to check the mail, and ran back in breathless "Mom! There's a REAL raccoon out there!"
Sure enough, there was, and he was hurt
my neighbour called the SPCA, who sent a nice young man out to get the poor baby (yes, s/he was just a wee baby). The raccoon seemed very used to being handled, so the SPCA man figured the Raccoon must have been dropped off here by someone who'd handled it. and it had been clipped in the head by a car. S/he seemed quite addled and blinded, but otherwise in good health.
Here's hoping that baby raccoon makes a full recovery!