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These Baby Raccoons Were Accidentally Transported Across The Country

The newborns were found in the back of a moving van, cold, starving, and near death, but were nursed back to health.

Posted on January 19, 2017, at 2:42 p.m. ET

These baby raccoons almost didn't make it after they found starving and near death as newborns in a moving truck that had traveled from Florida to California.

Oakland Zoo

Five of the six newborns that survived, without food or water for four days, were taken in by wildlife hospital Wildcare, where they were nursed back to health.

Oakland Zoo

There were just days old when they arrived at the facility in San Rafael, California, in September. Their mother likely had crawled through a broken window to give birth, rescuers said.

Oakland Zoo

Now, months later, they're at full health and having fun at Oakland Zoo, which agreed to care for the siblings during a 90-day quarantine while a permanent sanctuary or zoo facility can be found for them.

Rescuers had nursed the raccoons with the intent of releasing them back into the wild, however, they determined it wasn't possible.

"Unfortunately, after investigating every avenue possible it was determined that neither release here in California, nor transporting them back to Florida, would be legally possible due to Fish and Wildlife interstate regulations," Melanie Piazza, WildCare's director of animal care, said in a statement this week.

Until then, the zoo said the raccoons have nearly doubled their body weight since late November and are constantly challenging the staff to create stimulating enrichment to engage the "ridiculously smart" siblings.

Here's to unlikely fortunes!

Oakland Zoo

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.