Mothers of all species care deeply about their offspring. My 34 year experience has taught me that the older the babies get, the stronger the mother raccoon’s maternal instinct is.
It is also my experience that raccoons are as individualistic as humans. Some are shy, some are indifferent, and some are down right aggressive when it comes to protecting their offspring.
Unfortunately for us, we never know what personality trait we are up against until we are face to face with the raccoon, knee deep in insulation and trying to balance on the ceiling joists.
In this particular case, the mother raccoon was determined to protect her young at all costs. But lucky for us while she was distracted, we took the opportunity to rush in and scoop up the six babies and got out of the attic before she knew what happened. Upon taking them onto the roof to place in our heated release box, the mother heard their chittering and came out of her entry hole like a locomotive. Forced to give her some space, we watched her relocate her babies one by one to an alternate den site in the neighbourhood.