Although the raccoons are long gone, I think they hang around here. One day, I gathered about 100 plastic forks and knives to wash them. Even though they are disposable, I cannot bear to toss them. So, I was going to wash for reuse.
I did not get around to washing them after a good soak in a dishpan outdoors. The next morning, about six of the utensils were scattered around on the ground. Hmmm. Well, I put them back in. I left them another day to see what would happen. Next morning, utensils were on the ground. As I was near the trash can about ten feet from there, I spotted something shiny. It was one of my set of
stainless utensils that my mother gave me forty years ago. I almost lost a spoon, a cereal spoon.
After this happening for three days, I have decided raccoons are coming to the water and fishing around in it.
As I related this to a young man who has a farm, he said they take his tools all the time. He searches for tools he left in his barn and just gives up. He said he will find a bunch of his lost tools all together where a raccoon has gathered and saved them.
I know dogs and cats steal things, but I never thought of raccoons as collecting items, mostly shiny from what I hear.
Chickens never take things away!
What animals do you have that collect things or just misplace them for you? Do you ever have raccoons collect your things and take them away.