I am accustomed to seeing our racoons caught on tape in the middle of the night.
"What? This is mine, right?"
So I was surprised when I looked in the backyard this morning and saw one of our two trees was leaking racoons. Adult racoons, BABY racoons, just pouring out of the tree.
I screamed "RACOON FAMILY!"
Gary completely missed it. He was alseep, sans glasses and cane, and by the time he made it to the window the racoons (alarmed by my screaming) had trundled off to the other large tree and crawled up to safety. (They are horrifyingly hunchbacked, even the kits.)
Later that morning, I thought, "Why would those racoons have been outside during the day," glanced outside and and screamed again. "RACOON FAMILY!"
This time Gary made it to the window and found the binoculars. We were able to watch momma and baby racoons feeding at the bird feeder, and we watched a kit climb on top of the feeder and tumble down to the ground. We screamed with laughter, and again they were alarmed and left.
I checked the web and found Mom has to take the time to teach the kits how to feed, and if food hasn't been available because the FoodGiver's back was out, racoons will make an exception and come out during the day looking for food when it eventually arrives.
The kits are tiny and adorable. Compare this baby to the big Momma above:
Kits are cute, but they truly do need to be taught how to forage. Look how stupid these babies are.
Look at this idiot trying to eat with his foot. You can almost see the other on top of the feeder, right before the fall.
But so cute when they get it.