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Message 1208145 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 4:24:48 UTC
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Hello friends, and welcome to the twelfth installment of our Critter Cafe. If you are new to us, this is a place where Critter People gather and talk about anything and everything.

All are welcome here and there is no such thing as "off topic" in the Critter Cafe.

To start us off, here is a picture of Logan Frodo that Eric took this evening. This handsome young male raccoon is enjoying his last days of sloth and lethargy before some mean Mama Raccoon kicks him out of our yard in July, because she perceives him to be a threat to her babies.



A toast to sloth and lethargy, my friends!!!
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Message 1208169 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 5:48:34 UTC

Pretty pic Angela.

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Message 1208189 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 9:55:56 UTC

Do raccoons differ in their face colouring?
iow - how do you tell them apart?
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Message 1208192 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 10:08:55 UTC

Thanks for the Logan F pic, Angela
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Message 1208199 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 11:00:25 UTC

That's one of he best ones I've seen of him.
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Message 1208200 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 11:18:47 UTC - in response to Message 1208189.  

Do raccoons differ in their face colouring?
iow - how do you tell them apart?


Great question!

Nice pic Angela & Eric :)


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Message 1208222 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 12:15:39 UTC - in response to Message 1208145.  



A toast to sloth and lethargy, my friends!!!


Hear, hear!! You're my kind of critter, Logan!
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Message 1208229 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 12:45:36 UTC

I think raccoons are all very individual looking just like sheep are.
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Message 1208240 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 14:12:47 UTC - in response to Message 1208229.  

I think raccoons are all very individual looking just like sheep are.

I've noticed some differences in the Masking patterns. When the critters sit still long enough.

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Message 1208266 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 22:31:03 UTC

I can tell some of my raccoons by physical markings. The black mask band around the eyes, for example, is often "scoopy" or "straight". Logan's is particularly "scoopy" if you look at him straight on. His littermate Otis had a particularly straight mask band. Raccoons also differ in size, and sometimes I distinguish them that way.

Most often, however, I identify them by behaviors they consistently exhibit. Of the three raccoons who visit now, Logan runs right up to my feet, Interloper Mama hangs back but will "beg" by standing on her hind legs, and the raccoon we think might be Izzy is an accomplished rail dancer. Logan and IM tend to rest in different parts of the yard when food is not immediately present. Logan stretches out on our patio and IM hunkers down near the deck opening.

I find personality traits and behaviors to be the easiest, most reliable way to identify my visitors, but no method is foolproof. Eric and I do have pretty good inter-rater reliability, though...
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Message 1208286 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012, 23:23:07 UTC

Of course not everyone that wears a Mask is a Raccoon of course.


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Message 1208293 - Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 0:02:48 UTC - in response to Message 1208286.  

Of course not everyone that wears a Mask is a Raccoon of course.


Noticed that myself. Still, I'm going to feed it and hope that it comes back every night.


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Message 1208294 - Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 0:04:09 UTC - in response to Message 1208293.  

That made me laugh for sure!

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Message 1208363 - Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 3:51:29 UTC

Laughing only encourages him, but I must admit I'm laughing too.
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Message 1208380 - Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 5:01:28 UTC

Of course there's this Masked Duo...


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Message 1208402 - Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 9:17:53 UTC

And why should we forget the ultimate Raccoon look alike?


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Message 1208407 - Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 9:28:59 UTC

I'm with Scarecrow, much prefer these masked people.

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Message 1208443 - Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 14:03:31 UTC



eh Angela - figure ya might wear one of these to become even closer to the masked bandits . . .




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