Friday, May 11, 2012

Who was that masked bandit?

Something happened in the shed. Leaves everywhere. Boards which were stacked on a wooden frame and suspended from the rafters were now on the floor. Boxes were moved around on the shelves.

Cat? Possum? Some giant bird?

I'm standing very still, looking around, when I spy in the corner, up on a top shelf (now devoid of boxes)....

Mr. Raccoon!!
Oh so cute with his little mask. Staring back at me.

I slowly backed out of the shed, zipped to the house for my camera, and was able to get one good pic. I took several but with the lighting and the fact that I was NOT going any farther into the shed than just inside the door, I only got one decent photo.

Mr. (or Ms for that matter) Raccoon was pretty curious about me too!

Cute as he was, we decided it best to call animal control -- we didn't want him/her in the shed, playing havoc with our boxes and boards, or having babies, or whatnot. So animal control comes with the most gigantic cage I've ever seen, and a can of cat food. He left the cage and told us to wait a couple of days and then check to see if Mr. Raccoon was inside. He gave us various instructions, and a copy of their humane treatment of wild animals and how they took them to wooded areas out of town and let them go. That made me feel better.

See the mess that raccoon made! 

So we waited, and no raccoon. Waited a few days more, and no raccoon. Gave up after a few more days and called animal control to pick up their cage. 

Mr. Raccoon still roams around these here parts.... but not in our shed!! 


If you want to see another cool something that appeared in our yard, check out Foxy Fox!
And for other awesome yard visitors and such, click on the label, "What's in the Yard" -- but Foxy is my favorite!



Rose said...

Oh my! I'm glad that he's gone now, even if animal control didn't catch him.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

We get raccoons at our place from time to time as well. They're SO cute, but not good for Mr. Harley, so we shoo them away too :)

Erika said...

What a cutie! Raccoons are too smart for the big ole trap:)

Keytiques said...

Oh my, cute as they are I would not want to find one in my shed! Seems like you guys handled it quite well.

Splendid Little Stars said...

They ARE cute, but very sneaky! I hope he or she has found a much happier home than your shed!

Kathleen said...

Very cute, but - ummm - much better outside the shed! Glad he/she has moved on to other territory =p Apparently the catfood was not the right flavor...

storybeader said...

that is a cute masked bandit - I hope he actually decided to leave your shed for the woods. Nice to know Animal Control is humane in their treatment... {:-D

Ana said...

What a nice but messy visitor! ;)

Sheryl Hastings said...

You got a great picture of him! Looks like he posed for it. They are cute but they can be a problem. Glad he's not in your shed anymore.


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