Tailless raccoon

Asked March 27, 2020, 8:21 PM EDT

A raccoon in Massachusetts was seen in the winter with just a tuft on the end of its tail. The rest was hairless. He has reappeared with no tail. How does this happen?

Berkshire County Massachusetts

1 Response

Hello,

Animals can damage their tails by getting it caught in something or escaping from a predator. It is known such damage kill the tail tissue, and eventually fall off or be chewed off by the animal itself.
There is no way of knowing what did cause this particular raccoon to have this injury.

Regards,
Carol Quish
UConn