Friday, July 17, 2009

Coon Off

So there I was, sitting at my desk doing my work, probably around 2:oo p.m., when I caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye. I turned around and found myself face to face with THE RACCOON. It looked straight at me and called my bluff on my coon challenge. It showed no remorse as I watched it from inside my window.

I had been considering putting up an infrared camera to capture its acrobatics as it attempts to assault the bird feeder but, as luck would have it, I didn't need to. Broad daylight and the digital camera that stays in my office were just what the doctor ordered. I quickly rang a trusted co-worker who is a wildlife biologist and told him, "Coon's outside at the bird feeder." He said, "Right now? It might have rabies." Apparently rabid coons move during the day. But he quickly made an addendum that our security guards had been feeding the raccoons, and apparently when they have a ready food source they'll perk up anytime ... equal opportunity varmints.

He came down to inspect and thought it looked pretty healthy, so perhaps I nor the indigo buntings are at risk for rabies. After it snacked on the ledge for, oh, 15 minutes, it quickly climbed the dogwood tree but, for whatever reason, decided it had had enough and descended as rapidly as he'd risen. I am sure he'll be back. I think my next step is to enroll in a self-defense course.

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