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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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. πŸ˜‰

  4. 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. πŸ™‚

  5. 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.

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