Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Corralitas Drive: Raccoon Family Foraging Together

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 19, 2011, 10:28 PM.  The raccoon on the left is the same one who posed in Monday's post.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Five or six raccoons were foraging high up in the branches of the huge rubber tree in my yard Saturday. These three are likely this year's offspring still learning where to forage from mom. They kept looking to the largest raccoon for guidance before making their escape. There were two or possibly three more raccoons way up in the tree as I was shooting these photos.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 19, 2011.  Three of the five (or six) raccoons paused on the fence before making their escape to my neighbor's yard.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

This family is most likely responsible for the rather large holes dug under two different parts of the yard in the past week.   Raccoons are omnivorous and carry disease transmissible to dogs and cats.  Read more about living with raccoons and other wildlife on the City's Animal Services website.