Trouper’s Story

Trouper's Story

The Wildlife Education Project (WEP) is inspired by the incredible and true story of Trouper the Blind Raccoon, and the lady that helped him, Miss Dorothy “Dot” Lee.

Miss Dot is what you call a “wildlife rehabilitator,” which is like a doctor who helps wild animals when they are hurt, and then releases them to go back to join their friends and family in the wild after they are all healed.

Now, Trouper’s story starts out kind of sad, but don’t worry, it has a very happy ending!

Trouper the Blind Raccoon is an actual living raccoon. As a little baby he survived a terrible accident. His accident could have been avoided if the person who hurt him knew about respecting wildlife! His injury occurred when Trouper was hit in the head by someone with a golf club who did not respect him as a wild animal. In his photo, can you see his scar on his nose? Trouper’s scar reminds us to always be kind.

Trouper02Maybe the person was scared of Trouper. We really don’t know why it happened, but if the person had RESPECTED Trouper, he would have left him alone to be a wild animal.

As a result of his accident, Trouper was left blind and unable to feed or defend himself at only eight weeks old. He lost his ability to be a wild animal.

Thankfully, Miss Dot rescued Trouper and nurtured him through incredible odds of survival. He has relearned how to walk, eat, and interact with others. But, sadly, he can never live in the wild again with other raccoons, because he cannot gather his own food or protect himself from other animals. So, happily, Trouper now lives with Miss Dot who provides him with the care he needs.

Did you know most raccoons live to be only two to three years old in the wild? Yet under Miss Dot’s watchful eye, Trouper who was born in April 2009, and he could live much longer! He is a lucky Raccoon to have Miss Dot! Miss Dot and Trouper have a very happy life together, and their goal together is to make sure no one else ever hurts a wild animal on purpose!


Remember, Trouper the Blind Raccoon is not a pet, and the WEP tells everyone who visits Trouper that no one should attempt to keep ANY wildlife as pets.

Yet, as a brain injured wild animal, Trouper now has a job! He is a “federally licensed Wildlife Ambassador” for the WEP. All that means is the license gives Miss Dot permission to take Trouper to visit children at schools and other places to share his remarkable journey and teach them his lessons. He also carries insurance which is required by law.

So, Trouper’s job is to teach the public to treat wildlife and all living things with respect. Miss Dot and Trouper now visit children and adults all over Florida in schools, groups and organizations to teach that we must respect all living things.

Miss Dot always asks her audience, “Why do you think the golfer hurt Trouper.” Her answer is always the same: “They didn’t respect him. We must respect.” Will you pledge to RESPECT ALL LIVING THINGS, too?