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Jan 24, 2007

Banditoes

Señor and Señora Rabies are ready to come raid your bird feeders. And cat food. Got any extry lying around? Consider it goooooooone! [singsong]

Rabies

Who was that masked cat, John L.?

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awwwwwwww

meredith
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 09:36 PM

Toooooo cute! What are the odds that you'd just happen to have your camera in hand when these liddo faces popped out like that? Priceless!

musicchick2
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 09:40 PM

Arrrggghhh.... Too cute! Highly naughty and mischievious but very adorable!

Lawrence
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 09:45 PM

okay, not a big fan of the racoons, but this made me LOL!!!
and it is pretty cute, I hafta admit.

ceebs
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 09:45 PM

OMG and lmao @ Senor & Senora Rabies! *snert*

ceebs
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 09:46 PM

IM IN YOUR TOILET BOWL, DOING LAPS!

Lone
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 09:48 PM

Izit? Can eet be?... Señor Zorro and hees zidekeeks?

Inky
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 09:49 PM

omg! *squeeeeeeeeeeeees*

I love raccoons!!!

Skielar
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 09:49 PM

awww c' mon with the rabies jokes.......

I worked in a place that took wildlife "problem" calls. I had a woman ADAMANT that we come remove the raccoons who were in her yard. She lived on-the-river!!!! For cripes sake. And they only came out at nite. AND, and they ran away from people.

They werent doing anything wrong, but she was livid that we wouldnt remove the animals that had every right to be there. Sorry that woman still gets under my skin...

I'd love to see a view like this. And a reason (for me anyway) to live on a river, lol. I just saw my first raccoon in the wild just last month. (Im 31) so three at one time! WOOT!

Shannon
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 09:52 PM

YAY! for raccoonses! I refuse to believe that anything this cute n'snorglable could have raybees - it's a myth perpetrated by the Evil Squirrel Coalition to keep raccoons away from the bird feeders!

Tony James
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:01 PM

I like the leetle senorita. She's all "Where we goin'? Hanh? Hanh?"

Jen Barnett
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:19 PM

How do you even get a picture like this!?!?! How did the photographer not drop dead from the cuteness?

Ponygirl
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:22 PM

Oh man. Wow. Way to be adorable in a totally unexpected way.

Julia2
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:37 PM

It's like they're waiting to jump out and hijack the next car with cute!

MelSkunk
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:40 PM

oh that is SO cute!!

eikoleigh
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:44 PM

I've seen these before! A few months back I swear I saw the exact same thing just down the street from my house. It was dusk, and there were some over-achieving little buggers trying to snag the neighbor's rabbits. They did not succeed. Sadly, a very large, beautiful raccoon very recently succeeded in eating, before my very eyes, my mother's favorite chicken. CO actually helped me a lot, calming me down enough to smile and be able to get some sleep.

Anyway, raccoons are my favorite animal for some reason, and I fully support International Raccoon Appreciation Day.
http://www.geocities.com/raccoon_day/index.html

As for rabies (which this site sadly doesn't really mention--at least I don't recall that it does), it's pretty rare, and I know that in some states the most likely animal to carry the disease has a less than 1% chance of actually having it. And remember, even beloved pups could get it, so vaccinate!

R. Moore
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:47 PM

Awww! It's a liddle fami-lee! Mommy and Daddy and baby Bandit!

Leyla
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 11:14 PM

Was this photo taken from Over the Hedge? :)

Bob
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 11:44 PM

Oh my gosh, that's so adorable! I love how their little heads are sticking out from the grate...

Christy
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 12:26 AM

Bob - OMG, wasn't that the cutest movie EVAH!!???! Loved it! And I love it that a guy (you) loved it! :-D

musicchick2
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 12:41 AM

Three masked gutter-snipes!

Aubrey
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 12:42 AM

A Reminder From Your ...
LOCAL MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
=================================

Please do not pour your used raccoon down storm drains. All storm drains empty directly into local lakes and streams, and each year, during the rainy season, used raccoons flood into our waterways. Since raccoons are very clever animals, they quickly learn how to use little snorkels and flippers, and compete with fish for scarce resources, upsetting the delicate ecological balance.

Instead, take your used raccoon, in carefully sealed containers, to your local Used Raccoon Collection Center, located at your nearest auto repair center, bowling alley, or house of worship.

Keeping our waterways raccoon-free -- it's EVERYONE'S job.

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 12:46 AM

ok, so i was saying "peek!" to myself in my cute voice at the rat above, and then i scroll down here and see a treeple peek! peekpeekpeek! so cute! :-*

adam
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 01:02 AM

Hee! Peektastic. I watched Pom Poko the other night - did you know racoons can change shape?

littlelizard
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 02:23 AM

"Señor and Señora Rabies" LOVE IT!

Zorbs
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 02:55 AM

USED racoons? hmmmmm....nope, i'm still needing mine.

Rosie
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 04:27 AM

Did someone say "raccoons with snorkels"? I give you:
http://lauriewrites.vox.com/library/photo/6a00c22527b0f0604a00d09e4f955abe2b.html

Porter Air in Toronto knows the cuteness of raccoons, and uses one as their mascot. He shows up in various ways on all their braded stuff. The snorkel image came off their water bottle. I just flew with them this week for the first time. For more see:
http://www.flyporter.com/

Laurie C
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 04:52 AM

LOL! Firstly at the pic, then at NTMTOM.

After living in Toronto for a while, I know what nuisances raccoonses can be--but still, oh so cute.

A thinker
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 05:40 AM

This looks like a parking lot at a scenic overlook and I'll guess there are picnic tables nearby.

On a camping trip once a raccoon was being a space invader so much that the person I was with dumped a big bucket of water on it and do you know what that raccoon did? It stamp-stamp-stamped its' front feet at us and hiiiiisssssed! Which cracked me up and still makes me laugh.

pyrit
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 05:43 AM

A raccoon mom lives in one of the oak trees in my backyard. She waits for me to bring in my mutt at dusk and then trundles down the tree, babies close behind, and saunters across the street (dead end) to the lady in the woods who feeds about 30 of them on her porch every evening. Livin' Large in the 'Burbs.

martha in mobile
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 06:23 AM

Aww! Our two bassimungas (that's basset hounds, for the uninitiated) treed a VERY big raccoon in their back yard not long ago. Poor masked bebbeh was making a very distressed noise. I'd never heard a raccoon vocalization until then. Very distinctive (and cute, natch!)

Carla
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 06:33 AM

I feed 'coons on my back stairs, there was one plate and two 'coons and they were having a tiff over it, so one of them just pick up the plate in his two front paws, put it in his mouth and waddled down the stairs. Spilled everything, of course, but proved his point.

Katie
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 06:35 AM

Were rockin the suburbs!

jenna
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:08 AM

One night, years ago, when a cat who still went outside lived at my house, we'd have to go out and shake a food dish to get him in at night. One night I saw him (gray/brown tabby) "sharpening" his claws on one of the trees on the boulevard and proceeded toward him, shaking food. About six feet away, I realized that my cat's tail wasn't *quite* as strongly striped as that animal's, and backed away very carefully, to leave the raccoon to his business. (Raccoons were one of the reasons we tried to keep the cat in at night.)

Laurie C
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:10 AM

There used to be a vacant parking lot in the middle of the Metro Parks in my city that only had a bathroom and nothing else. People would go there to make out, etc. There were sewer holes in either far corner of the lot where a good 15-20 of these little masked guys lived. They came out after dark and walked all over your car while you were trying to get laid or whatnot. Many people would come to that particular lot just to watch them and feed them too. Cat food, marshmallows and animal crackers were their favorites. Adorable!

Laura
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:24 AM

Raccoons loooove chocolate! I've lost count of how many times they have broken into camping coolers, stolen the Reese's and the Hershey's and left everything else! They have such good taste and so cute!

Lauren
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:28 AM

I have a Prius, which (when it's running on the electric motor) is _very_ quiet. I was just coasting down my extremely urban street (about 4 blocks from City Hall) late one night and discovered that it wasn't the local outdoor cats who were getting the left-on-the-porch dog food. (Yes, the dog is inside at night.)

Waddling across the street, oblivious to the big nasty car with its lights shining (but _very_ quietly), was the Biggest Racoon In The World, clearly having just having snacked on some large breed puppy food nuggets...

Emc^2
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:43 AM

Aww...racoons are so cute, esp.the bebehs.

marsmannix
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:52 AM

I lurv racconses!!!! I had a friend who had one as a pet. (He had been injured as a baby so he couldn't live in the wild) It was so adorable to watch him take his food to the bathtub, (they always kept a little water in there for him) to wash his food.... They are TOO cute!!!

MagillasMom
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:43 AM

NTMOM: Priceless (as your comments usually are!)

And Meg is dead on with her captions in this last batch of postings - Senor Rabies just killt me!

michellemybelle
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:08 AM

we live way out in the way out, between the rr & the river. mom feeds a family of coonsies that live under her back porch. the little ones come out at night and growl and fight with one another over the food, till their mama smacks 'em around and puts an end to their shenanigans. mom leaves her front door propped over every nite for her elderly kitty to come & go. once she peeked into the kitched and caught a BIG coon sitting in the middle of her table with the cereal box turned upside down shaking the contents into his mouth. it was hilarious. he scrammed tho when mom showed up.

nermalkitty
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:24 AM

I grew up in the country, and 'coons were always around. our dog kept them away until she got old and sick and moved inside. then they got into our trash - and more. we kept birdseed in our garage in a big industrial garbage can, and the persistent buggers chewed a hole through the plastic to get at the seed. we went through 3 garbage cans before we could find a good metal one that was raccoon proof.
it's weird to see them now that I live in the city. we feed a stray cat on the porch of our townhouse, and one night my roommate heard crunching outside, so he opened the door to say hi to our kitty. but it was a big ol' raccoon, who hissed and lunged at him! he closed the door just in time.

gisbert
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:26 AM

Shannon: I hear you with the rabies thing. I've worked in wildlife Rehab once upon a time and we had no end of people who'd insist that we somehow relocate any Merlins or Great Horned Owls from their neighborhood. The reason: They might kill the songbirds that people have lured to their backyards with their handouts. That's nature people! HEELOOoo - you just created a perfect hunting ground, what do you expect?

Anyhoo... that was a bit off - topic.

THIS is a cute shot. I love our oft' misunderstood bandito friends. I have nothing but respect for city raccoons. Funny how we malign critters that manage to make a good 'go' of things in the city.

wolfwhocriedboy
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:28 AM

now for my sad coon story.... one of our neighbors puts out illegal traps, and a small one was hooked onto the biggest-coon-you-ever-saw's poor not so little leg. he crawled into our barn, and was actually trying to attack our barn cats and dog!!! it didn't look like he was in too much pain, and he could walk easily, but wae didn't wanna shoot it, so my mom and dad let it stay on it's way....well that next night when we went into the bottom part of the barn, we SCREAMED (my mom and me) because his chain had been caught on one of the steps and he was hanging upside down, dead. i thought he could still be alive like a possum, but we knew he couldn't be. our barn stairs are like those of a ladder, there's nothing inbetween them, so when we went up, we could see him staring at us. i made my mom turn on the lights because the switch was right past his body!!!! once when she was going upstairs, she fell backwards because she had forgotten about Rocky and just saw him again. the same neighbors had a very large trap in their woods, (illegal for the time, you can only shoot the animals) and the bait in it attracted my peaceful little collie. he was in it all day, and we couldn't find him, i thought he was hit by a car, so we looked for him a couple miles off in each direction. then that night during our walk, i could hear him howling, and he's debarked!! my dad went over to that neighbors house to see if it grew louder, which it did, and they just stared at him throught the window!!! we finally found him in the woods, and we were able to get the trap off of him, and carry him home. within a couple of weeks, he was just fine, but really wanted attention, so he'd fake limp. we could tell it was fake because he'd switch feet!!! well, my dad was really mad at the neighbor, so he took the dead coon and tied it to their mail box with the chain. teach them!!! we've also had 3 possum come and steal our cat food, so we had to make them go...the scary thing is, they get bigger every time. it's like i'll come home from school and be like "i didn't know my mom got a new hors----holy crap look at it's tail!!!!"

Rosie
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:43 AM

Awh, Rosie that's a SUPER SAD story. Traps like that make me CRAZY! :(

wolfwhocriedboy
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:55 AM

LMAO @ NTMTOM!!! We just got something in to the office from the borough called "We all live Downstream: a guide to Urban Stormwater Issues and solutions" I have to check to see if they cover the raccoon issue.

and you might not think raccoons were cute if they were living in your ceiling and pee was raining into your bedroom. and the scratching noises above your bed woke you up at 3 am. I'm just sayin. I USED to think they were cute. This pic is cute (as I already admitted) of course!

ceebs
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:58 AM

There's a family of racoons that live in the storm drain in front of my apartment building...mom and four babies. They come out at dusk, cross our parking lot, and head uphill to dine in the subdivision trash cans. I love seeing them; I live in a very urban area now (San Diego) as opposed to the semi-rural area (Tennessee) where I use to live, and seeing the 'coons makes me feel closer to nature.

Robbie
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 10:24 AM

My Buddha-tabby used to hang out with the possums.
I'd call him in at night and five or six stripey guys would all come running up together.

Always made me feel weird to send away his little friends --
"Felix needs to come in now for dinner, you boys should run along home too."

(Same kitty would sit curled up on the doormat with the possums for hours.)

lauowolf
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 10:38 AM

OMG! Way cute! Masked robbers staking out the trash cans!

Arvay
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 10:48 AM

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