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Raccoons: A Photo Story

Updated on March 9, 2015

Turn Around, We Have A More Dangerous Looking Tail

It was so funny to watch these three baby racoons scurry across the yard. They weren't sure what to do exactly until I came out on the porch with my camera. Then as fast as they could go they scampered up the tree. It was hard not to bust out laughing while they were stumbling all over each other trying to get up high enough in the cedar tree where I couldn't see them. Each limb they climbed it was over each other with their tails getting in each others face as they scrambled up to the next limb. For a few moments they just sat there motionless, looking at me.

I really feel like they have distinct personalities. One just stared, one kept going in circles, another swayed back and forth making all sorts of sounds.

So, listen, next time you are relaxing out under the stars. On a warm summer night, you might think a little kid is playing in the woods somewhere. Think again, it is most likely a family of raccoons talking about what they want for dinner.

Baby Raccoon In A Cedar Tree

Baby Raccoon In A Cedar Tree
Baby Raccoon In A Cedar Tree

Raccoon Medicine

Take Care of Yourselves

Share Compassion

"Little Bandit" like Robin Hood caring for others.

Shares with Nature

Generous with its Protectors

Raccoon Gifts - Eat, Drink, Wear

Read all about them with cute baby pictures. They make wonderful stories with their generous caring for one another. Travel through the woods in comfort with a coonskin cap.

Nope! She Is Still There

We Can't Come Down Yet

They climb on the skinny limbs with little hands that look almost human. It is easy to tell these three are not very old little brothers or sisters. It almost sounds like they are speaking to us, as they climb around each other with little squeaks of delight.

"Now how are we going to get back to the water?"

"Mamma is still over there washing her hands."

"We just followed you, little brother, we got up the tree, do you know how to get back down?"

We are very curious, and not afraid of humans if you got food for us to eat. Cats don't bother us none, they always save us some food from their dish. Throw us your left over lettuce and fruit. Get them apples, pears and cherries fast. When you see those limbs swaying it is too late. We are eating those delicious fresh fruits. These trees hold so much we have much reason to celebrate. We even watch out for the deer, telling them when it is safe to come take a bite out of their favorite pears.

We explore out to the very end of limbs, watch us like acrobats falling and catching ourselves on the next one.

"Hey, I found a short cut, right up the side of this woodshed, round to the back side of the maple tree."

"Whew, that was close, did the dog see me?"

It doesn't have to be nighttime for them to stroll about. Not in the deep treed forest with logs and limbs broken for us to make homes.

Raccoon Video - We Caught It Eating the Cat Food

He didn't mind us at all standing there taking a movie of him while he was finishing off the food the cat left in the dish. I think that cat leaves it there on purpose. I hear her hissing and fighting with them, so it is probably just easier to give in and leave him some!

Whew, Finally!

We Almost Got Outta Sight.

Once we learn how to wrap our tails up tight so they are not dangling on the limb. I betcha if she hadn't of watched us climb up here, she wouldn't even know we were here. Yes, only if we can keep our tails still.

They head for the trees or any vertical structure they can find when they feel something is after them.

They say the masks that go over our eyes protects our mystery. We are sworn to secrecy and very hard to find up in a tree. We love nothing better than to wander about with our bright yellow eyes scavenging through the night.

We live in just about any country, in any habitat. But tall trees in the forests are our favorite hang outs. We love to pick things up and examine them, so don't leave any shiny objects laying around at the beach, we will hide them with us in the trees.

Coon Supper - Coon Hat

Exotic Pets. They get quite aggressive after six months old. They need much exercise and they love playmates.

Eating raccoon was considered part of a festive tradition during the Golden Era.

Would you eat a coon or keep it as a pet?

Raccoons Love The Water

Fishing is A Favorite Treat

Some of the other foods they love are salmon berries, strawberries, pine nuts, any fruit from your trees. Like cherries, apples and pears. Actually they will eat just about anything. They have very strong survival instincts, so will eat just about anything. Including baby mice, rotten eggs, dog or cat food. Even stuff out of your garden. Nothing is too good or bad for them. They must have really strong stomachs!

When you see us gathering around, take those old clothes to the Thrift Store In Town.

Beware of the Mask

Baby raccoons are cute and sweet. Make baby sounds while they play. Beware! Although they are cute and playful, Mamma and Papa are twice as big, with sharp, strong teeth. They are aggressive and mean when cornered. Don't ever try to make them into pets. They will tear your place apart if nothing else!

Nothing personal, they just want some food.

Racoons Coming Down The Tree - Fun to Have Around

"I think it is safe now, I am climbing down out of this tree."

Why Do They Wash Their Hands?

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Rocky Raccoon - Have Fun and Play

With this cute collection and music all day.

Where Do Raccoons Sleep?

In Dark, Warm, Dens

Or just like their food, just about any place they feel safe. Nice warm afternoons are a favorite time for them to nap. They love being in trees that have lots of holes and forks in them to nestle in. Also, they are not afraid of heights. If they can find a warm enough spot in the top of a fir tree, that is most likely where they will be. Especially if there is some fresh water ways around. During the day they are even known to sleep under the house. They don't mind running across the roof either if there is a sturdy tree for them to climb up into.

They can bed down just about anywhere. Although their favorite places are the forests they can be found in wetlands and plains. Sleeping soundly in hollow logs or holes dug in the ground like moles.

They like rotten trees the best, they don't go about making nests. They are opportunists, so that chimney, off the road ditch or huge brush pile will do just fine until it is dark and food hunting time.

Raccoon Curiosity

What is that there on the ground? Let's go see. Is it a pine cone full of seeds for me? Or just a big limb from the tree?

No, it is much too red. I know that is a strawberry. Are you sure? I dare you to bring it back here to eat. Wait, and watch,

protect this spot so the squirrels don't raid our bounty.

© 2012 MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose

How Big Are Raccoons in Your Neck of the Woods?

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    Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

    What a fun lens. I love the way you gave them a voice and the videos were great.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

    Your photos are delightful and beautiful! My dad has raccoons in his backyard and we spend hours watching their antics :)

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @JumpinJake: Thank You, JumpinJake! I am very surprised and happy with a purple star.

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    JumpinJake 5 years ago

    Glad to see you got a purple star for this.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @PNWtravels: Whoa, having them trying to come in the back door was bad enough, but in the attic, yikes! Yep, they do make messes and drive our dog crazy sneaking through the back yard. I live in Island County, they get pretty big around here too.

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    Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

    In the Puget Sound area we have lots of raccoons and some do get large. Our neighbors had a mama raccoon den in their attic and because they are so protective of their young, they were advised to wait until the babies were grown and left the den and then seal up the opening where they were getting in to prevent it from being used as a den again. They were very cute, but made quite a mess!

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    Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Raccoons get fairly large in SC. The ones that come to eat the cat food tower over the cats, anyway! I would say they are almost as big as foxes.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @RosaMorelli: Foxes would be cool to see. Today I got some great shots of the growing fawns. Thanks for commenting on my story.

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    RosaMorelli 5 years ago

    We don't have any raccoons in the UK as far as I know. We get wild urban foxes in the cities but I've never seen any.

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    Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

    my hubby has snapped a few raccoon pix too! they love to try to get into our garbage, ack.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @anonymous: Thank you for commenting on my story!

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @Phoenix2361: Thank you for commenting on my Raccoons! I will have to take a venture into the woods to see if I can capture some more. They are funny to me.

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    allmonsterhigh 5 years ago

    I haven't seen a raccoon in a long time!

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    Phoenix2361 5 years ago

    Loved these photos.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @allmonsterhigh: I don't see them as much anymore, our dog won't let them get as close, bummer.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @Cari Kay 11: Yeah, I don't know where the Mama was that day!

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @Craftymarie: They were fun to take pictures of. That was before we got another dog. He doesn't let them get that close anymore. Bummer you don't have them there, I love to go out at night and listen to them chatter with one another.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @FallenAngel 483: I guess we have so many of them in our woods in this part of the country we don't need to see them in zoos. Not that I remember anyway. But I haven't been to a zoo in a long time...Glad you loved it, thanks.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @anonymous: Thanks, Glad You liked the story.

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    Kay 5 years ago

    Had a mama raccoon who would visit me with her little ones while my husband was away with the military. Such a special memory! Blessed!

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    Marie 5 years ago

    What beautiful photos of racoons - unfortunately we don't get any here so I appreciated your lens.

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    FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

    Loved reading this. There are none in the wild where I live so I have only ever seen them in zoos.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    We do get a few now and then. Nice story.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    @PromptWriter: Yeah, I know what you mean. My husband had to finally buy a trap to take them out farther back into the woods, they were getting too comfortable trying to get into the house. The babies might not have been too bad, but those huge males, yikes.

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    Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

    Before we got a dog it was quite common to see a raccoon go through the yard even though it was fenced. My favorite memory was one night I heard a strange noise from the back stairs where we keep the garbage can. I opened the door to see two coons trying to get our animal proof lid off. I tapped on the glass door to shoo them away and instead one hobbled over to the door climbed up the screen and looked in to see what we had. It was so cute but also a bit unsettling in a creepy way.