Looking over my recent posts, I can’t believe that I haven’t shared the story of “Coon” with you. Allow me to introduce you to Coon, a female Raccoon that has been living at the manor since the winter.
This past winter was quite bitter and the manor has a cat door that accesses the crawl space under the living room. This was set up years ago for a stray cat that lived at the manor for years. When she disappeared, we never closed up the cat door, allowing things like Possums and Raccoons to discover the perfect winter hideaway.
I knew I had something living in the crawl space as when I’d walk through the basement I’d hear footsteps scrambling. Feeling sorry for the little bugger, I would put food out on severely cold nights and find the plate empty in the morning.
Recently I was looking outside the window late in the afternoon and lo and behold there was a Masked Bandit. This Masked Bandit was gleefully enjoying the shelled peanut ball that I had out for the woodpeckers.
She had learned how to put her paw into the ball and scoop out a handful of peanuts and enjoy them fistful at a time.
She was so intent on eating peanuts that I was able to walk up to her and stand about two feet away. She would reluctantly drop down and hide in the bushes, but as soon as I would leave, she would return to her peanut eating. This went on for several days, and how could I resist the fantastic photo opportunity.
At first I was concerned that Coon was out in the middle of the afternoon, but she looked perfectly healthy and evidently this is normal behavior. The first day that I saw her out, I immediately went and covered up the cat door access so that she couldn’t return to the crawl space. After all, she needs to be out looking for a new home while it’s summer.
One afternoon I went out to call the cat in, and the cat promptly ignored me. Coon however, knew that calling usually meant food, so she came over hoping to get some goodies. I had to remind her that she wasn’t a cat.
The peanut ball went empty and I refilled it, replacing the lock top. Coon was desperate to get a peanut. Watch me with and let’s have a little laugh.
lol she’s going ‘awe come on!’ XD
You know she is..can you see that face?? I was laughing so hard.
LOL that’s what made me laugh too! she still visiting? 🙂
No !! I have no idea where she went. Miss her, but don’t miss her you know?
Next is to get rid of the geese babies that I’ve been feeding. They’re getting big so time for them to forage for themselves.
Time for the birds to leave the nest so to speak huh? Any ideas how? ^^
Oh you’ll love this one…I get in the golf cart and drive at them like a wild banshee.
Scares the crap out of them. Do it for about a week and they stop coming by.
LOL!! they’ll think the kind human who fed them has gone mad 😛
That’s the brilliant thing about the golf cart. They don’t realize it’s me. 🙂
oh how i’d love to be the fly on the wall watching it all lol
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Too funny watching Coon try so hard XD
You’re awesome. Thanks for sharing this with your readers.
Thank “you” for sharing a video so cute 🙂 🙂
Too cute….just love those raccoon antics
She gave me hours of entertainment while she was here. She has moved on as I haven’t seen her in a while.
This is good. Coons are very persistent animals. My daughter had some stealing her dog food and had a similar experience. She didn’t video it though. Thanks for sharing.
Truly my pleasure Levi, and hope you shared this with your daughter. She was so desperate to get a peanut.
I did share it. These animals are very ingenious. I’ve had many a coon and skunk kill my hens.
What a RIOT – love it – thanks so much for sharing 🙂
I agree – totally awesome ! So happy I’ve decided to start filming some of these moments. They’re pretty special.
I love Coon’s story. He/She is so cute
So thrilled you liked this post Terri. Coon is pretty awesome.
The masked bandit strikes again. No lock can keep the masked bandit out! Peanut munching lives on! HA HA. That is the cutest thing ever. My dad would go crazy he loved Coons. Found a couple of babies stuck in a trashcan at the park one time and had to save them. Too cute!
Love love Love your comment Angelia. I’m with your dad – really I love all wildlife. That is except for snakes and scorpions.:-)
Thanks for commenting and appreciate it.
Talk about ‘hand in the cookie jar’ 🙂
Coons are very smart, I’m surprised that it took her so long to figure out how to get to the peanuts.
You’re also very lucky that it was a coon that moved into the crawl space and not a skunk, or snake. 😉
The snakes have moved into our big boat instead. Can’t stand snakes! Luckily no skunks around the neighborhood.
Lovely post Em…..you’re a real animal lover 😊
It’s pretty disgusting isn’t it. Perhaps I should have been a zoo keeper. 🙂
I love this face!! 🙂
Me too ! Just to darling.
What a wonderful story! She reminds me of that squirrel in the Ice Age movie, so desperate to get her acorn!
That is so true !! Oh that squirrel would make me laugh so. Did you see the one when he ended up in squirrel heaven with the huge golden acorn?
No. It must be the latest one. I’ll make sure I watch it.
Adorable creature! Loved the video. 🙂
So happy you enjoyed it. Thank you!
She’s adorable! The video was funny.
Some things you can’t make up. It was rather brilliant. 🙂
Awww so cute! Like a kid stealing cookies from a cookie jar!
Totally Cindy. And she didn’t care if Mom stepped up next to her. Just kept munching away.
How wonderful!! I just adore these little smarties…. Just last night I took a handful of snaps of 2 babies taking a bath in our birdfeeder. Rascals. 🙂
Now that must have been quite the sight. I would love to see them!
Clever little creatures aren’t they?
Yes, they truly are and quite persistent. Always wonderful to see you Michael.
They are super cute, but I’ve heard some horror stories about destructive behavior once the human food source was removed. I was glad to read you closed up the kitty door so she’d have to find a new home.
What’s good is that I didn’t offer the food daily. Just on occasion. She has moved on to parts unknown. I do miss her cute face though but glad she left.
Emily, that is just too darned cute. 🙂