Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, that, my friends, is a raccoon on my roof!
"Mom, there's a raccoon in our yard!", hollered my son through the screen door. Now, this may not be a big deal to many of you, but for those of us who live in the concrete jungle, this is notable news. Raccoons are common enough creatures here in suburbia, but they usually are not quite so bold. It's very unusual to see a raccoon before dark around here and even more alarming that this raccoon was not even slightly afraid of my kids playing 6 feet away. Noisy kids. Running around kids. Throwing balls and stuff kids. I had a flashback to the movie "Elf" where a flying fur raccoon doesn't give Buddy the type of greeting he was expecting. (Funny movie full of sophomoric humor, but still good for mindless entertainment.)Look right in the enter of the photo. See those glowing eyes? He's climbing up my roof. Click on the photo to enlarge it for a better view. (Side note: didn't my husband build an attractive fence?)
Back to the masked bandit in my yard ... this particular raccoon has a tree nest in my neighbors yard. For some reason, though, he likes to come and, um, use my roof as a latrine. I'm not amused. This has happened on and off for years, and let me tell you the stench wafting into the house (namely the master bedroom) is memorable. In years past, we've had the "experts" come trap/release them, but it costs a fortune. Plus, the raccoons in these parts are enormous. I mean HUGH beasties. HUGH, I say, HUGE! For getting rid of today's masked bandit, hubbyman came outside and launched a football at it to get it away from the kids (our hose isn't hooked up yet).Look right in the center of the photograph in the small roof section. Click to enlarge it for a better view. It scurried up onto the roof which is where I took the following photos. (I was a big help. Of course, I kept having guilty thoughts while thinking of the film Pom Poko. It's a Japanese anime film about how the raccoons are displaced out of their habitat. But then I remembered the stench in my house, and I got over it.) I'm sure the masked bandit will be back. UGH!