Suburban Wildlife

Where we can watch and relate to wildlife in a suburban backyard.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

A busy evening

It was a busy time last night. Chloe made her regular visit - still no sign of her kits though. But a little later two very big raccoons came to call. One was easy to identify as Bear, but I’m still not certain who the other one is. Both very calm and friendly though. These photos were taken as close at they seem. In fact the ‘stranger’ was more interested in checking out my camera part of the time. One of the pictures shows why one does not want to mess about with a raccoon’s claws! Yet they can use these ‘paws’ very much like we use our hands. Quite dexterous and very gentle most of the time.


Gail said...

I have known of a coon killing a dog. They are cute to watch but be careful.

Rusty said...

You bet! It takes a long time to allow the raccoons to get to know you. Never allow a strange raccoon to come too close. And when the hormones start running wild late in the summer be very careful around even the ones you know. During that time mature raccoons react on instinct - fast and can be violent. It may not be their intent, but it is nature.