As I was heading out the door to pick up Eagle from school, I saw an animal in the back yard. This time it was one with a furry tail. The creature was standing near the spot where I saw the opossum the other day. Are we becoming a wildlife corridor?
In the sixteen years we have lived here, we’ve seen chipmunks, squirrels, a woodchuck, mice, a vole, many rabbits, a hawk, a pair of cardinals, crows, sparrows, a goldfinch, chickadees, and doves in our back yard. Yet, until this month we’ve never observed an opossum or the animal in the photos below.
Below is my first, run for the camera shot through the back porch screen. This photo shows the classic raccoon tail. This poor juvenile was looking thin, because she’d lost a lot of fur. She was scratching herself determinedly.
I went outside cautiously to get a better shot.
The shutter noise of my phone camera disturbed the raccoon. So she took a stance. I was behind a fence, twenty feet away. She let me know she wanted me quiet. From her bedraggled look, I’d say she’s feeling blue, because of her mange.
Have you seen animals you were surprised lived in the city? I suppose raccoons are not rare in cities, I just hadn’t seen one in my back yard before. ¡Olé! –Rebecca
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