The big raccoon news this week was a gaze of raccoons photo bombing a couple as they took their wedding pictures in San Francisco. The photographer, Kathryn White, originally posted about the unique experience on Instagram. The story went viral from there. Unfortunately, her interviews about the auspicious event presented the usual misinformation about raccoons; namely that they’re strictly nocturnal and so seeing them during the day means there unwell and likely to be hostile. Neither of these are true, especially this time of year as mothers are taking their cuddly little broods out to teach them the basics of being a raccoon. But it’s good to see that the newlywed couple took the animal appearance as a blessing, mother nature’s way of showing her approval of their marriage.
The Canadian National Exhibition (called “The Ex” by the kewl kids) is an annual event put on in Toronto leading up to Canadian “Labour Day” (they use that silly British spelling with the superfluous “u” because they have the Queen on their money.) This year, the event featured twelve oversized fiberglass raccoon sculptures individually painted by various special interest groups from around the city. The display was collectively called “Raccoons Reimagined” and was meant as a way for the city’s natives to address the complicated relationship with the adorable vermin. Sadly, I’m having trouble tracking down pictures of the statues except for the one promotional image from the site! If I’d lived nearby I definitely would have swung by to admire the statues to get some pictures with them. And then espouse the glory of raccoons. Then been kicked out. Although Canadians are all polite and stuff, so I’m sure they would have kicked me out very kindly.
Well, perfect for this particular photographer, Jason Bantle. A nature photographer, this fellow from Saskatchewan (that’s in Canada) has been watching a mother raccoon raise litters in an abandoned Ford Pinto in the woods for several years. Hoping to get just the right shot of her, he’s stationed himself during the brood rearing seasons at this Pinto. He finally hit the jackpot and snapped this photo of her poking her head through a crack in the windshield. It kind of gives the impression of action raccoon about to spring into combat. Maybe she should have an exclamation point over her head. Or laser eyes.
Well, video game memes aside, the photo was considered good (nay, excellent) enough to be included in the United Kingdom’s Natural History Museum’s annual wildlife photography exhibit. Good for him! I can appreciate that obsession to get something done just right, and I’m glad to see it pay off for this photographer. Especially with such a cute and cuddly subject!