Short Thought #282 (raccoons)

There’s a TV channel that appeared locally several years ago which features animal videos. I had no idea how many people kept raccoons in their homes on purpose. Raccoons frolicking on beds, raccoons playing with toys, raccoons enjoying a snack at the dining table. Where I am in suburbia, raccoons are furtive animals that root through garbage cans, tear up yards, and muddy the bird bath. I wouldn’t have thought they’d even like the cosseted indoor life.

16 thoughts on “Short Thought #282 (raccoons)

  1. Maggie Wilson

    ever since my close encounter with a raccoon, I’ve learned to give them very wide berth – he was on one side of a screen door and the cat on the other – snarling and hissing at each other – I got out a broom to shoo him away – he growled and threatened and stood his ground – I retreated.

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    1. Colette Post author

      I do too! The most I ever did was turn the garden hose on one once long ago to chase him off the bird feeder. Rather than leave he went up a nearby tree.😯 The ones in the videos look positively Disney-ish, cavorting & happy.

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  2. Kate Lester

    When it comes to “pets” there is no end to the possibilities, I guess. I perfer to leave the raccoons outside.
    I was once photographing a “Pets Pictures with Santa fund-raiser and someone brought in a boa constrictor. He put a little elf hat on the snake’s head and draped him across Santa’s shoulders. The snake immediately started wrapping around Santa’s chest.
    “Take the damn picture now or I’m going to have to have this suit dry-cleaned,” St. Nick told me.

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  3. Becky Ross Michael

    I was inside a home in Michigan, once, where they had a raccoon as a pet. Gave me the creeps. I picture them as being destructive indoors just as they are outside. They can certainly be entertaining to watch, swinging from a birdfeeder, but destructive just the same:)

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    1. Colette Post author

      They have cute faces. People refer to their eyes as “masks” because there is black fur around them but I don’t think it looks like a mask. Their tails are furry and striped. Their hands are like small people hands and very agile; one of their idiosyncrasies is washing all their food. I regularly find my bird bath muddy in the morning & I know Mr. Raccoon came by in the night.😐

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    1. Colette Post author

      How rude! One here made off with a large cage-within-a-cage suet feeder. I am still disgruntled especially knowing it’s likely been rusting somewhere in the woods ever since.😐

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