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Old July 2nd, 2011, 11:31 AM
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Talking Raccoons revisited...or look who came to dinner!

I was on my way out to the blind last night, but some visitors beat me to it. So I stealthily climbed up on our hemlock stump (it's easier than you think--raccoons seem to have really bad eyesight) to get a view over the fence and started snapping away.

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The big brown raccoon showed up, cautiously looking around for any sign of that pesky Hooman.
Still hasn't learned to look up, though. I thought this one, big as it is, must be a male. However....


"Pssst....coast is clear! Come on out!"
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"Good grub here, kids! Help yerselfs!"

I seem to have mistaken her gender. Hope she's not too mad at me!

"Now, if you kids wanna get the really good stuff, you'll have to learn to climb!"
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 11:37 AM
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The sight of Mom shinnying up the pole and leaving them behind
sent the kits packin' back into the thickets.
Mom was unconcerned.

"Yummmmmm! Time for nomming!!"
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"Oh, ya!! That hits the spot!"

Meanwhile, back at the forest edge...

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"Lookit Ma!!! What is she doing up there?!"
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 11:42 AM
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"Oops! I smellz hoomanz!"

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"Mom! What you doin' up there?! Are you comin' down?"

"Shhhhhhh! Don't go out there! I smell hoomanz!!!"
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"I don't smell hoomanz. I smell FOOD!!!!!"
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 11:48 AM
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"Do you really smell hoomanz?"
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"I can really smell food!!"

"Any of you other guys smell hoomanz?"
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"Nope! Just FOOD!"

"And Mom is still up there! Must be okay to go out, don't you think?"
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"Okay, then! Follow me, guys!!


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Old July 2nd, 2011, 12:44 PM
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Oh Wow! How many did you count?

That one of momma sittin' in the feeder smiling back (or growling) at you is cute.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 01:31 PM
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There were four kits in all.

This raccoon has some odd habits--a certain way of frenetic digging with its 'hands' and that goofy grin. She's also a bit of a bully when it comes to other coons. She ran off that other smaller mom back in mid-June that night I was out in the blind.
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