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Old 09-18-2002, 01:19 AM   #1
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Y'know, I'm OFFENDED when a raccoon growls at me in my own kitchen!

A few nights ago, I was awakened by loud crunching in my kitchen. The cat was asleep pretty much on my arm, and the dog was sleeping next to the bed. Husband wasn't home. That ruled out anybody who should have been crunching in the dark. I got up, without putting on my glasses, and stumbled out to the kitchen. Mrs. Useful Dog went with me. When I switched on the light, there was nobody there. However, I did hear a strange sound that sounded like a revving engine of a toy. My glasses revealed nothing new, except that the revving toy seemed to be under the pantry. The dog just stood there, wagging. Back to bed.


The next night, I heard the same crunching. Well, I had conferred with the husband, and he had heard the crunching a few nights earlier, but without the revving sound. The crunching was again not caused by any authorized eater, due to sleeping animals and absent husbands. This time, I had my glasses with me. The lights again revealed nothing, but the dog proved more useful; she ran a little towards her dog dish. I called her back because I had figured out (finally) that the revving sound was actually a growl! Sure enough, the growl was much louder this time, and I could see a little raccoon paw sticking out from under the pantry!! I decided to go back to bed.

Well, your Martha wasn't born yesterday! We no longer leave dog and cat food sitting out over night! And eventually, we'll put the flap of the dog door down. No more offensive crunching and growling at night, thanks.

The best part is, we live in an incredibly suburban area, not really anywhere near wildlife!!

Thanks for reading this far. Now go back to work.
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careful martha, racoons are at an extremely high-risk for contracting rabies
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raccoons are evil. they steal food, mangle the trash cans, tear up your campsite if someone leaves food out overnight...they are a pain in the ass!
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That is hilarious Martha!
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Thanks for my smile of the day Martha.


Hope your dogs (aka feet) are doing well also.
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Thanks for my smile of the day Martha.


Hope your dogs (aka feet) are doing well also.

Same here!

and i thought spiders in my apt was bad!
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careful martha, racoons are at an extremely high-risk for contracting rabies
Not completely true Wanderer. During the height of the rabies scare, which was early nineties I believe, racoons, skunks, squirrels; all these animals were decimated by rabies. I didn't see a squirrel for many years around my parents house or smell that wonderful smell of skunk. However, the rabies epidemic seems to have passed (at least in NH), so you're pretty safe around these animals, except skunks of course!

An easy way to tell if an animal is rabid: does it act "strange". Does it seem to walk like a drunk, havea strange look in it's eye, seem confused, even possibly friendly, and is it foaming or drooling at the mouth and making odd vocal sounds.

Case and point: there was a deer (I think it was a deer, might have been a different animal) that was rabid down near my friends house in CT. It was lurching around the road acting all kinds of funny, like it had a bit too much to drink. Cops came and decided the best course of action was to put this animal out of it's misery. They had to shoot this animal more that TEN times before it dies. Absolutely bizzare.

I think your racoon was fine. Growling and munching on cat and dog food is a absolutely normal behavior for a racoon. But I would suggest trying to feed the little sucker. Might not be rabid, but they carry other nasty diseases, and they won't hesitate to bite ya!

On a side note: Racoons actually make wonderful pets if you can get when their little and domesticate them. Very clean animals, very affectionate. Adorable and cute as well.
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martha, love your animal stories!

maybe we can get that racoon together with the half-dead mouse I found under a rug this morning (ack! I thought it was one of the cats' fake mice!)

sounds like you have a really good watch dog
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I did not know any of that. This place can be educational sometimes.
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No half-dead mice here!

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Adorable and cute as well.
Unless it's growling at you like Frankenstein!

Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
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But I would suggest trying to feed the little sucker. Might not be rabid, but they carry other nasty diseases, and they won't hesitate to bite ya!

Trying to feed or not feeding?

I wouldn't feed those things- don't want a whole family of the racoons movin' into the pantry!
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i think they meant not feeding coz otherwise it wouldn't make any sense!!! I love that pic of a racoon...sooooo sweet!!!
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Re: Y'know, I'm OFFENDED when a raccoon growls at me in my own kitchen!

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Sure enough, the growl was much louder this time, and I could see a little raccoon paw sticking out from under the pantry!! I decided to go back to bed.


hilarious!
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OMG, that's adorable. I wish we got those in my country!
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