Sunday, October 4, 2009

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner!

We were having dinner with friends Friday night and part of the entertainment was furry and four-legged. Renee has been feeding the raccoons at her back door for several years now and this little female is extraordinarily tame.



She was waiting patiently on the back steps when the door was opened and poked her head in to make sure Renee was getting the food.
And she'd brought her babies with her -- who were shy and mostly stayed under the car.




Here's a slideshow with the entire sequence of raccoon pictures. In them you'll see another adult raccoon that Mama chases off, growling and hissing.


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And here's a shot Renee took of the whole family after we left, getting the car out of the way.


15 comments:

Merisi said...

This is simply sweet!
We shared our house in NW DC with a racoon who loved to get late afternoon naps on our roof, snuggled up against the chimney.

Pat in east TN said...

Oh my gosh, what a story and series of pictures! The raccoons that visit me only come at night and raid my bird feeders. I have noticed though that they do have heavy coats for so early in the season as do the fox that roam about. Again, is this pointing to a difficult winter for us? Mmmmmmm .......

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

What a treat! I would have loved to see that!! I wish I could do this but because of the Chicks Hubby says NO WAY! :(

willow said...

Awwwww!!!! How adorable!!! We used to see quite a few raccoons, but not so many lately.

Vicki Lane said...

It was quite a treat to see these guys.

We have them around but don't encourage them -- because of the chickens. That doesn't stop them from scavenging around the bird feeders and checking the dog dishes for leftovers.

Victoria said...

What a bunch of sweetie-faces!

I've never been quite brave enough to hand feed the raccoons that visit here and, given the nature of one of my not-so-nice neighbors, I don't want them to get too comfortable around humans.

I'll admit, though, sometimes the temptation to try is almost too great to resist!

Vicki Lane said...

You're probably wise to let them stay wild, Victoria. And how glad I am to hear from you -- just hear more news of a bad fire in CA and couldn't remember where you were. Glad you're safe!

Tammy said...

Wow..very cool pictures. I can't believe how tame they are! The coons around here are just shadows in the night, and I rarely even see them. I too don't encourage them because of the chickens. Also those coons are about the healthiest shiniest looking ones I've ever seen! She must be feeding 'em right. :-)
Tammy

Vicki Lane said...

The secret is cat food.

Vagabonde said...

These are such cute pictures. We saw a very large raccoon on top of the squirrel feeder plate one night and yesterday the pole holding the bird feeder was bent, so it must have been on that feeder too. A few years ago I could hear steps above my head in the bedroom. My husband placed a trap and we trapped a couple of possums (one after the other.) They were very large, larger than my cat Cody. My husband let them out nearby in Kennesaw mountain.

Vicki Lane said...

Hmmm . . . that bent pole could mean a bear . . .

caryn said...

Well as a "city slicker" racoons are considered varmin around here, but I like them and would have no qualms feeding them.
However, our neighbor who has spent a small fortune "raccoon proofing" (insert snort here as there is really no such thing) his garden would probably shoot me. This is the same neighbor who tried to get me to cut back on the number of bird feeders I have because he was afraid the dropped seed would attract rodents-until he realized it was instead feeding the squirrels (who can't get to the feeders themselve because of the baffles)and therefore cutting back on the squirrel damage to his garden.
Anyway, the pictures are really really cute.
Caryn

Kaye Barley said...

These are adorable pictures of adorable critters!

And Vicki - Your new header picture at the top of your blog is a stunner! I am loving your new camera.

Miss_Yves said...

Amazing scene ! Great photos and slide.
I 've never read the Forsythe Saga, but this novel was adapted at the French TV by 1960 and I followed the story of this family -with my mother who beloved it.

Vicki Lane said...

While we were eating dinner just now. we had a raccoon on our front porch after the dog food. It's a dilemma -- I don't want the dogs to hurt them -- but I know the raccoons will go after the chickens, given a chance.