raccoon inside hens' pen
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Look at her evil, beady eyes!
Thursday, about 4:15 I decided to put up the hens so that an early-wandering raccoon would not bother them. As I rounded the corner of the house to go across the back yard, I saw a raccoon in the pen, eating ravenously. I think there was only cabbage. I didn't know that a raccoon would love cabbage as much as this seemed to be loving cabbage. I used zoom to get all these pictures. He is about 60' away.
eating as she heads to the door
These raccoons are habituated to humans and human activity, so they don't move away at the first sight of humans. Since they go onto porches to eat cat food at night, lights, human noises, humans going and coming are nothing new or cause for alarm.
raccoon up on the corner of the fence
She did not move very fast, just sauntered up, climbed, turned, and sat there a few minutes looking at me.
going to other side of fence
turning to peer at me instead
See her eyes?
She was in no hurry! She just turned and looked at me for a few minutes, never moving, just watching.
Have you experienced a raccoon up this close? Can you believe that she did not just run over and grab a hen?