Friday, 15 July 2011

Not Wild Life

With this heat wave we’ve been having, I go out on the deck almost every night just to get a breath of air and to see if anything exciting is going on outside (no). Last night, however, when I opened the screen door to step out, a raccoon was sitting there, bold as brass. A RACCOON! Naturally I shut the door as quickly as I could because they scare the bejesus out of me! I’ve seen “Elf” lots of times and I know what happens when you try to give a raccoon a hug! AHHHHHH!

“Rocky’ must have decided he needed a place to sleep so he waddled up the back stairs to turn in for the night. He made himself comfortable, totally ignoring me, and enjoyed OUR peace and quiet. Fine. I just want it known that I would prefer all animals to stay on ground floor level. If they feel they absolutely must visit, after midnight would be good (and again, I’m not encouraging this)! Some things I just don't want to know about.

This is just a little too “country” for me especially since we live smack in the city! Cars, subway, drunks, loonies…..they don’t frighten me. Raccoon teeth are another matter.

Hopefully this was a one time event. I’ve been reading up on them and I’m starting to get nervous –

  • Fossils indicate that they have been around for at least 20 million years. They are in the same family as the giant Asian panda. (Well that’s nice – and really, they’re cute to look at).
  • They can fit through surprisingly small openings: 2½-inch x 4-inch. (I don’t like this)!
  • They are very good at getting into things (very dexterous hands). (No, I don’t like this either).
  • They are a common carrier of the rabies virus. They can also transmit a variety of diseases to both pets and humans. Always approach an animal with caution and avoid feces (worms present in feces can remain dormant for years and then be reactivated). (I’m really not happy now).

I hope we don’t have to move due to “excessive wildlife on premises”. We haven’t even finished unpacking yet!


  1. Hey Susan, hope all is well, didn't know racoons were so dangerous....hope your one goes quietly! Have a great weekend.

    Amanda - Realityarts-Creativity
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  2. He seems to have gone back where he came from. I guess he was just visiting. Hope you have a good weekend too and thanks for the visit!

  3. Interesting, didn't know raccoons were related to pandas.

  4. Me either! See what you learn when creatures invite themselves over for a nap :)