Anybody Home?

Who’s that?

Over the past winter I often heard loud noises coming from the attic area over the vending machines in Explore the Wild. It sounded like someone was moving furniture around! I suspected squirrels, or maybe raccoons.

On Saturday, June 4, I think I found out who was making that noise, at least the offspring of those noisemakers. I heard the soft chirping of a raccoon coming from somewhere above as I stopped in the shade to sip water in the heat of that humid, June day. Looking up I saw…

A young raccoon peered down at me as I drank water. The youngster was making a soft purring sound, probably impatient while waiting for its mother to return with some food from the Wetlands.

Never a dull one out there.

4 responses to Anybody Home?

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    Sarah says:

    They are ridiculously cute! I wonder what happened to his/her left ear, it’s got a nice chunk missing.

    • Greg Dodge
      Greg Dodge says:

      Yes, they are very cute!
      Don’t know about the ear, perhaps a scuffle with one of its siblings early on? got it caught on something up in the attic? born that way? We’ll be able to ID this one if we see it wandering the grounds later in life.
      Thanks,

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    Leslie says:

    That is a great picture! They must be used to people watching up there.

    • Greg Dodge
      Greg Dodge says:

      Thanks Leslie.
      Yes, I think the raccoons probably have done a lot of people watching over the past few weeks. From the time of their birth they could most certainly hear the many school groups that pass through or stop to refresh and rest in the shade down there in Explore the Wild.

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