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« Reply #45 on: October 15, 2007, 02:45:51 PM »

desdemona,

You know that red Warning thing that goes up when we go to post but one or two or three are there in the meantime?

I don't mean to scare you but did you notice the claws on  the raccoon?

I had many barn cats in the Seventies but we also had raccoons arrive by Valentine's Day.  The cats made themselves scarce in order to avoid tangling with the larger-clawed raccoon.  Also when a non-domestic animal approaches you rather than withdrawing, it is a possible sign of rabies.
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« Reply #46 on: October 15, 2007, 02:56:40 PM »

Yeah, I know, maddie.  I read that online last night myself.  We were really careful with him, but I am pretty sure he wasn't sick - surely didn't seem to be anyway.  He was very preoccupied with getting the fleas off his backside, which resulted in a lot of spinning around and falling over backward accompanied by snorts - we didn't dare let Ivan out there.  Ivan was so upset - he was very insistent that we let him outside, but we were very afraid the raccoon would hurt him.  Kitten was scared to death and came in the house, but Banjo, the tough old Tom, growled at him.  He was quite non-plussed by this and continued to wander around and bite himself occasionally.
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« Reply #47 on: October 15, 2007, 03:10:50 PM »

Des, if that raccoon that twirls, falls backward, andoccasionally bites himself comes back, please go in the house.  And, even if he/she/it is not rabid, it won't be so cute when he/she/it moves into your attic this winter and starts doing damage up there.  Don't leave any cat or dog food (or any kind of scraps) out in the yard.
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« Reply #48 on: October 15, 2007, 03:17:07 PM »

LOL - I realize I just described what sounds like a rabid animal to perfection.  Thanks for the concern and don't worry, we'll be careful and not encourage him.  We never leave food outside.  I think he may have been attracted by the fact that Banjo had just killed a squirrel.
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« Reply #49 on: October 19, 2007, 09:01:56 PM »

A raccoon wandering onto the property around dusk, so my son and I went outside to get a better look. 

I hope he comes back for a visit every now and then - what a treat it was to meet him.

Racoons can be extraordinarily nasty when provoked or when they feel they are trapped.  Be very careful
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« Reply #50 on: May 05, 2008, 03:25:50 PM »

Your Keyboard: Gateway to illness:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Germs/story?id=4774746&page=1
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