The Spider-man raccoon

A female raccoon somehow scaled up an apartment building to the balcony of the 10th floor where she proceeded to build a nest.

Watch what happens when Animal Control came to remove her.

Raccoons are native to North America, but are now found also across Europe, Caucasia, and Japan.

Noted for their intelligence, raccoons have a learning speed equivalent to that of rhesus monkeys. In a study by the ethologist H. B. Davis in 1908, raccoons were able to open 11 of 13 complex locks in fewer than 10 tries and had no problems repeating the action when the locks were rearranged or turned upside down. They have a retentive memory. In a study by B. Pohl in 1992, raccoons were able to instantly differentiate between identical and different symbols three years after the short initial learning phase. They also have a rudimentary numerical sense: A study found that raccoons can distinguish boxes containing two or four grapes from those containing three.

Baby raccoons (kits or cubs) are born blind and deaf. Males have no part in raising the young, who are weaned by 16 weeks.

Raccoons can carry rabies, the main symptoms being a generally sickly appearance, impaired mobility, abnormal vocalization, and aggressiveness. However, there may be no visible signs at all, and most infected raccoons do not show the aggressive behavior seen in infected dogs. Rabid raccoons will often retire to their dens instead.

Captive raccoons have been known to live over 20 years, but their life expectancy in the wild is only 1.8 to 3.1 years because of hunting and vehicular injury — the two most common causes of death. Relocating or killing raccoons without a permit is forbidden in many urban areas on grounds of animal welfare. (Wikipedia)

~Eowyn

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8 responses to “The Spider-man raccoon

  1. They guys can be very destructive too, but they are amazing climbers. Our upper deck is two stories up, and these guys actually get on our roof, wait for the lights to go out in the house and then try to get into the bird feeders. We’ve stopped them by locking the feeders at night, but just the other night I heard a racket on the upper deck and turned the light on to see a big fat raccoon. I took the broom and told him to scat. He just looked at me and then lumbered down the deck poles. Many of them are not afraid of you.

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    • I saw one in the Seattle (area) that was on his hind feet, standing straight up and was honestly, the size of a 4-5 year old! He/she scared me to death; he was only about 2 feet from me! I didn’t know they could get that big!!!

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      • Yeah, we get them all the time. They steal fish out of my koi pond. I’ve had them standing in my kitchen from time to time. They aren’t afraid of anything. Sometimes they stand like that and hiss.

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  2. We oughta have one climb up Michael Obama’s bathroom window, what you got there “girl”????

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  3. So glad she didn’t slip! A family of 4 racoons eats all the bird seed left over on my deck at night. A week ago, I decided to bring the bird feeders inside to sterilize them. When I glanced at the door, all 4 of them were sitting there, pressed up to the glass, wondering and waiting for bird seed. Although I felt bad, I closed the door blinds, but since, have been putting a pail of sunflower seeds up near the woods. I think they do the rounds in this area.

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  4. Many years ago we rescued brother and sister raccoons, their mother had drowned. They were so small we had to teach them to climb trees. We let them roam free but they loved Purina dog chow and fruit cocktail and grapes. What one didn’t think of the other one did. They loved traveling in the car with us. I took them in every year to a rabies and distemper shot.
    They never got aggressive or nasty. They learned how to open all the doors.
    People found out about them and wanted to buy them. We told them no, they were God’s free creatures. But, after a few years, they both suddenly disappeared one day and I suspect they were stolen.

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  5. Two legged coons? Was that supposed to be a joke?

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