This past spring we had two large raccoons living in the trees around our cabin property.
And then this summer we had 5.
The daddy took off for parts unknown,
or at least we haven't seen him tending to the little ones,
but the mommy is constantly with her 4 babies.
During the day they travel back and forth across our back property
and climb the trees,
alternating between sleeping in the shade and sun,
and enjoying each others company.
Then all night long they play and eat,
and eat and play.
They make a mess of both our front and back porches and yards,
overturning the carefully stacked logs that I've built a walkway with,
digging in my planters for grub to eat and spilling dirt all over the porches,
tipping the birdbath over trying to drink the bird's water.
We never know what we will find each morning.
They are mischievous,
but oh so cute to watch.
The mother is such a good mommy.
She makes the kids march in single file across our yard,
standing up on her back legs to scold the last one in line who isn't keeping up.
She is loving and they adore her,
wanting to sit and lie all over her.
And they watch us too,
and don't seem to be afraid of us.
I think it's only a matter of time before they come up on the porch wanting us to feed them.
Everyone tells us not to,
but it's really hard not too cuz they are so dang cute.
What to do?????