Sunday, August 30, 2009

Urban Safari

I had to cancel this weekend's adventuring due to illness, so instead I give you a little excitement from this weekend. Yesterday I was out brushing the dog when my neighbor Ed came out to tell me to stay away from the dumpster. He said he saw a raccoon go in and never saw him come out. So of course, I ran for my camera and spent the next 30 minutes with my forehead against the fence.

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I know raccoons are generally regarded as varmints, but I'd never seen one up close before. After watching him plot his escape for half an hour (from what turned out to be a completely empty dumpster,) I have decided that raccoons are like the ninjas of wildlife. I have no doubt that ever raccoon story I've ever heard is 100% true.

6 comments:

  1. Man one time a raccoon stole all the munster cheese I brought to a camping trip out of the cooler while we were like 20 feet away. We found the empty, discarded cheese wrapper the next morning. Also, tonight I saw some raccoons trying to get into a trash bag, they eyed me warily as I walked by.

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  2. someone told me this weekend that once when they were camping, raccoons clawed their way through a styrofoam cooler.

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  3. they are urban ninjas! and kinda cute when they're not clawing through MY stuff!

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  4. Raccoons freak me out. When I was still living at home 2 of them got into the basement through a broken window. I went downstairs to do laundry and saw 2 pairs of eyes looking back at me. Needless to say I didn't go back down there until they retreated (or rather my dad chased them out with the bb gun haha). They tore out the entire dropped ceiling and pooped all over. Gross. They sure are crafty little dudes.

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  5. they're feisty as hell, too...my dad trapped several 'cause they were eating all the chickens & i couldn't believe how fearless they were in the cage, all growly & hissy...

    but SO cute!

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