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24th Apr 2006, 13:20   | tags:


Spike says:

look how much it wants to be friends, befriend the little racoon and make it a pet!

24th Apr 2006, 13:22

slinka says:

He had a hurt paw. :(

24th Apr 2006, 13:24

he looks scared in the first one, second one he looks like he wants to be friends

24th Apr 2006, 13:24

OJ says:

It looks very, do they bite?

24th Apr 2006, 13:25

seaneeboy says:

How the hell did it get up there?

Am I right in thinking that these are the kind of creatures that non locals (i.e. half of moblog) goes "Awwwww" at, while the more lerned like yourselves go "Eww, rabid salmonella rabies carrying pests!"? or are they just nice?

24th Apr 2006, 13:25

Spike says:


nuff said

24th Apr 2006, 13:31

wildrainbows says:

Cute, but yeah they do carry some pretty grime diseases. Still, I'd be temped to give it some food (cat or dog food is good!) and water (in bowls not from your hand 'cos it'll probably try and eat that too! lol) before ringing animal welfare - especially if it's hurt :(

And Raccoons are actually very adept climbers!

24th Apr 2006, 13:33

Twiglet says:

I'm an "Awwwww" too!

24th Apr 2006, 13:33

slinka says:

They're exceedingly cute. And clever with their little hands. And they have huge asses. They are wildlife though and live in forests so you have to step careful around them. It surprises me that they're in the city. And so many! There's tonnes in this neighbourhood though I've only ever seen them while camping before.

Seeing them downtown like this makes me think of the owls on Futurama. :)

24th Apr 2006, 13:36

slinka says:

Oh and it's brilliant watching them scale walls.

24th Apr 2006, 13:36

bronxelf says:

Raccoons are _really_ successful urban dwellers. They have almost no natural predators, and they are very adaptable. They love cities. We have them all over NYC. I see them near my house all the time.

Sean-- Raccoons are not mean animals. They are only aggressive when directly threatened and otherwise largely are perfectly content to coexist with whomever is nearby. You quickly learn they're in charge anyway, much like cats. But unfortunately they can harbor diseases which can be transmitted to humans, the most serious of which is rabies. Granted, not all that many raccoons go rabid, but every year in NYC we hear about one or two, and everyone gets all paranoid about the raccoons. :(

People do and can keep them as pets with differing degrees of success(they do, as swamprose said, tend to rearrange things to their liking.) :) When I was a little kid there was a woman who lived in my grandmother's building who had one as a pet.

I love raccoons.

24th Apr 2006, 18:15

alfie says:

They're a lot furrier than I thought...

24th Apr 2006, 23:05

Steve says:

He does look scared... it makes me feel sad

25th Apr 2006, 01:07

slinka says:

Actually, my stepdad had one as a pet when he was a kid. It used to climb up inside the TV and unscrew the vacuum tubes.

25th Apr 2006, 02:50

bronxelf says:


They all think they're decorators at heart.

25th Apr 2006, 03:10

Evil_Tim says:

This both my states animal and second most common road kill.

Off the wall side note= slinka did you ever have anything to do with the 2002 movie FearDotCom because someone in it looks like you?

25th Apr 2006, 05:10

slinka says:

erm, nope. But now I'd like to see it...

5th May 2006, 05:20

spoon_lamp says:

these are brilliant! well captured shots and great comments!

11th Jul 2006, 19:39