Author: radraccoon

Drunk Little Guys

1569513714987.jpgSome Ottowanians (I don’t know if that’s the term for people from Ottowa, Canada, but it’s what I’m using) were recently surprised to see raccoons stumbling around or sleeping out in the open during the day.  Again, raccoons are not strictly nocturnal, so seeing one in the day is not a 1:1 that they are rabid or otherwise sick (see the unfortunate occurrence of “zombie raccoons” earlier this year.)  Some of the savvier residents noted that raccoons seemed to be suffering from a very familiar human condition; the little guys seemed to be drunk or hung over.  One person, Julie Fong, described the interloper she found on her property as “… kind of sleeping it off under our deck.”

When contacted about the possibility of a town being hit by a rash of plastered raccoon, a professor at nearby Carleton University said it was quite possible.  The crabapples, which are common in that area, were ripening at the time and falling from trees.  Once on the ground, the hotter-than-usual sun was quickly rotting–and fermenting–the juices inside.  The raccoons were apparently munching down on these and then getting a little tipsy from the rotting fruit.

Source: Vice

 

Zoom In and Enhance!

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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.

Source: Bestlife

Canadian National Exhibition Knew What’s What

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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.

Source: Raccoons Reimagined

The Perfect Raccoon Photo

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“Lucky Break” by Jason Bantle

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!

Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation