Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Wonders - J

J is for Juvenile.


A young raccoon had made himself a den right against our house in a thicket of St John's Wort.  Anne surprised him with her camera on a cold morning and he slowly, stiffly, retreated to the fence.

Walking through the wisteria vine wasn't all that easy.

But he did his best to get away from her and that darn zoom lens.

I think it's odd that he's alone.  Recently a raccoon was hit by a car on our road - another young one.  Maybe a litter mate.  Maybe he actually has family on the other side of the busy street and can't get back.  No way of knowing but raccoons are resourceful little creatures and I'm sure he'll figure it out.  There must be better sleeping quarters that beside our gas meter on a bunch of tough little stalks springing from bare earth.

Hope he's found somewhere.  It's cold outside.  

7 comments:

Ginny said...

How interesting! And great pictures! Well, do raccoons live in families? Maybe they are solitary creatures, I don't know. If this one moved so slowly and hasn't been able to find a better place, I wonder if he is sick. Are you going to put out food?

Stephanie V said...

No putting out of food...raccoons are considered pests in residential areas. When we see them, they're usually in small groups that look like family.

Rudee said...

As long as he doesn't squat in your attic...

anjoe playhouse said...

I have only seen raccoons in a Zoo, they slept all the time ;-)

Great photos - must have been fun for Anne!

Gill - That British Woman said...

funny thing I have only seen raccons a couple of times while living in the countryside, but saw them all the time while in the city.

Gill

Angie said...

Looks so cute!! Hope he is OK (Is it a he?)

Deborah said...

Great pictures, I found your blog though Ginny, your scarf is so pretty and I love the color! Be careful of raccoons, they are usually not well where we live....

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