Monday, June 15, 2015

Those famished eyes!

A very hungry racoon, a nursing mother, came to my door yesterday night, begging. But first, she climbed my potting shelf and turned over a basket to get at a bag of shells, saved for drainage material.

Disappointing! All the shells are empty!

(Photo is in black and white, because, taken through double-paned glass, it was polluted with colours reflected from inside. A green raccoon? With pink eyebrows? Not good.)

I opened the door and chased her away. She went reluctantly, looking back, hoping I'd relent. Later, once she was gone, I went out and tidied up the mess. While I was at it, I looked up, and there she was, looking wistful, barely a foot away. I dashed back inside; I don't want to tangle with a desperate coon. And she tried to follow me through the door. I slammed it in her face.

And then she sat there, staring at the latch, looking soooo sad. She broke my heart; it's awful to have babies and not enough food.

"Please? Pretty please?"

No, I didn't feed her. Eventually, she wandered off, disconsolate. I hope she found some good eats somewhere, just not on my doorstep.


  1. She does look hungry. I'm sure she'll find food somewhere. It's a hard thing, but the right thing to do, to close that door.

  2. Good one and thanks a lot for sharing!

  3. We either had a visiting racoon or bear at the cabin. I saw a bear on the cliff next to the float, but it was hard to imagine him climbing down there or even down the stairs. Without a critter cam it's going to remain a mystery. - Margy

  4. Margy, bears are pretty good climbers. And/or they don't mind swimming for miles, so any landing place is enough for them. Lee Valley has a pretty good BirdCam; I'm thinking about upgrading my old one.

  5. Oh I wouldn't be able to resist that begging face...even I know u're not supposed to feed them =)


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