This young raccoon came ambling out of a soybean field just as I was walking past on our country road. Sensing my presence, it lay down and tried to hide in the grass. Realizing that it had been spotted, it quickly turned and headed back for the cover of the soybeans.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~Charles Darwin
14 thoughts on “Changing Direction”
You are lucky it didn’t come up to yo and ask you to be its mama. That’s what the baby raccoons around her used to do. They are awfully cute when they are little.
No, I don’t think that my dogs would go for that. 🙂
If a dog is around no way. I’ve had baby raccoons start climbing on me more than once. I remember one runt, that I think the others bullied, would get up on the deck with us and gives us sad, pleading eyes to take it in. After it grew up, It would come to the door and I knew it was the runt because it had a sweet face and nice disposition, compared to the other raccoons that begged at the door.
I didn’t know that baby raccoons would bond to people. Very interesting!
Do the raccoons get along with your cats?
Not very well.
What a QT!
The young ones are pretty cute. 🙂 Thanks, Cindy.
Very cute racoon. I haven’t seen any around my neck of the woods, but when we lived in town, Minneapolis, there were a lot of them. We spotted them on our rooftop once.
Oh, my! The place where my husband works used to have them in the ceiling tiles. They had to trap them and carry them back out into nature. That’s the only place that I really care to see them.
Me too 🥸
I’ve never seen a raccoon face to face and up close like this photo you have here Rebecca. This raccoon is very cute. When I was a kid, I read the book “Rascal” by Sterling North. It is the true story about a young boy who raised a raccoon as a pet. I remember telling my parents how wonderful it would be to have a raccoon as a pet. Nope, it didn’t happen. There was a movie about “Rascal” as well and I saw that when I was older. As usual, your quote perfectly matches your post and the picture.
Thanks, Linda. I think both the raccoon and I were shocked when our paths crossed. It was definitely an unexpected, but fun encounter. I’ve never read or seen “Rascal”. I’ll have to check it out.
That’s funny – you shocked one another. 🙂 I see that with bunnies in the neighborhood. They are contently munching grass and see me and have a momentary look of terror in their eyes when I appear and then they just take off. I’ve taken to talking softly to them as I approach them as I’m afraid they will run out into the street. Bunnies at the Park are okay with the walkers and will hunch over munching on the clover or high grass, much less worried about humans. “Rascal” was a good book, albeit it for children, but still enjoyable and a true story which made it special.