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Momma coon has been coming by fairly frequently. She had been pretty laid back, sharing the food and grooming herself. About three weeks ago we heard snorting and grunting. I look outside to see her nearly alone in the courtyard (one skunk was getting out of Dodge asap). She turned and looked at me with a real wild expression. I figure she had her babies and -- well, picture a 60 year old woman who has spent all day with about six five year olds crawling all over her. Yeah, I'd be in a pretty foul mood too!

She's been in a better mood since then, back to sharing the space and grooming. One day Mom was alarmed and thought she was sick because her fur was all all directions. Again, how well kept would one be if you had five year olds crawling all over you? Not really her fault.

A couple of nights ago, I looked outside to see Momma coon had eaten and then settled down for a siesta (as is her pattern at this time of year. I think she tanks up and uses the opportunity to take a break before heading back to the den.) I didn't want to disturb her so this pic has flash glare.

raccoon

And here is a photo of a baby skunk (there are about five or six about but I've yet to get a good shot of them.)

skunk

And lastly, here is a picture of Brindle with his new little buddy, who we are calling Buddy for now. He is totally disinterested in us, but loves hanging out with Brindle. In this picture, he is at the base of the fence, next to the house.

cats

And a better picture of Buddy:

cats

Buddy snuck into the house yesterday. He's been using the litter box so that's okay. I've seen him sleeping on different bits of furniture. At one point I was having a "love Brindletime"--lots of cuddling and Buddy stood at the threshold of the doorway and watched. And just now when Mom went to bed, I checked her room and that cat was sleeping in the middle of her bed! What a bold one! The plan is to just let him get used to us and then try to initiate physical contact. I doubt he's feral and he looks, um, just under a year old maybe? He's probably been someone's pet but at the moment he's very dismissive of us.

And lastly, I saw something tonight, movement out of the corner of my eye and it was gone when I looked. It was beige and slipped into the darkness. I fancy that I saw a deer tail. I know deer are in the mountains about a mile from here, but our yard is fenced in and I've never seen one. A coyote would be more likely but I don't think it was that. Mom said she thought she saw something that looked like it had deer legs and deer ears last month. I thought, 'yeah, right' because she mis-sees things a lot, but maybe she was right. I went out to look about and there was one skunk hiding in a plant looking traumatized and from the smell it had gone off so he must have been afraid. I suppose a deer might frighten a skunk. Very odd.


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Date: 2009-06-08 04:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] paian
The way you're dealing with Buddy is wonderful. I admit that I'm rooting for him to fit into the household and stay.

Love the pictures and the report.

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Date: 2009-06-08 09:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] paian
So glad to hear that you're hoping he sticks around. I will hope for that too. :-)

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Date: 2009-06-08 07:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] 1_mad_squirrel
Critters and kitties!

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Date: 2009-06-09 01:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amalthia
Good luck with Buddy!

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