Monday, September 8, 2014

Masked Bandits | Monday Mischief

 A total of 4 masked bandits 
showed up on one of our porches the other night.
 Yup, coons!
 A mama raccoon with 3 of her baby kits.
 Skeeter's supper leftovers made a snack for them.
 Mama got first dibs.
 Each little coon kit took a turn.

Of course my camera battery was low on juice, dog-gone it!  Plus, these coon critters were moving fast.  The cubs were running around like crazy and exploring everything on the porch.  So, I apologize for the very poor quality of these photos.

For those not in the know, Skeeter is our cat.  She's a former feral cat who decided to semi adopt us about 9 years ago.  I say semi because she's still fairly feral.  Skeeter lives outdoors because she is terrified of coming in the house.  She's fed her meals atop one of two "feeding stations" that fit on porch bannisters.  For those of you shocked that she lives outside, please know that she has full access to a barn and our greenhouse.  AND she has two fully insulated custom built "cat houses" - one on our back porch and one on our covered deck.

I also need to say that I know full well that I should never feed critters out of doors like this because it does attract wildlife.  However, we live in the country and I've been feeding feral cats for many years.  Because the feeding stations are so close to the house, we've not had wildlife bother them much previously.

Where were the dogs during this nighttime raid?  At my feet wondering what the heck I was so excited about.  Because there are no windows that look out on the scene and the door is half glass, they didn't see a thing!



Thank you to Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, and My Brown Newfies for hosting Monday Mischief! 

21 comments:

  1. They didn't get to see all the excitement?!! Well, I bet they'll be sniffing around that porch for quite awhile! BOL! Great mischief!

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  2. Ma says "Holy Cr*p"! That is a LOT of masked bandits! They look cute but can be real nasty. One got in dad's work office last weekend, conveniently found in the lunch room...it took four people to scoot him outta there!

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  3. Oh geez they had no idea what was going on outside. I'm sure they were quite confused the next time they went out and sniffed their bows :)

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  4. We get night time visitors too...mostly into the avocado grove...but we have a fig tree too, so that makes for tasty treats.

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  5. How cute! Mom loves racoons, but this time of year we see so many of them dead on the road, very sad.

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  6. You took great pictures of this little family. I wonder if they'll be back tonight for seconds.

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  7. We get some in our parking lot but I worry about Mr. N getting into a fight with them.

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  8. Oh my goodness, they are pretty darn cute. Even keeping the cat food inside would be no guarantee... My sis had one come in the house through the kitty door!! Then when she locked it up, he'd come back and bang on the sliding glass door!

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  9. We've got invasions like that right in the city! Love Dolly Pees: Skeeter should've taken the 'coon out.

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  10. Great job getting those pics!!

    We have coons here, Mum's scared they might hurt me, she let me out at 5am one morning and I chased and barked at one that was lurking around, until I got summoned back in again, doh! I was only protecting our border!

    Now when it's dark it's rare that Mum lets me out......

    I hope you're having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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  11. How very cool to see that! I love raccoon's. Did you know I had four in my house as babies like 12 years ago. Norman loved them. They were little rascals.

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  12. Hi Y'all!

    BOL! Guess Skeeter's going to have to eat up or the Peep is going to take her food at dusk. Can't risk Skeeter gettin' rabies. We've had trouble with rabid foxes too. They start hangin' around the barn. Coons are the worst though. They get into everything. At my Dad's they came down the chimney and set up housekeeping in the carriage house. He had them removed and the chimney sealed, so they made a hole through the door. He had a metal door installed and that finally stymied them.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  13. We ended up taking up the food at night and our outsiders got used to the new feeding schedule.

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  14. I think it's cool you feed a semi-feral cat and provide shelter for her as well. It sure beats the alternative!! My wildlife pictures are always poor, mostly because I'm usually so surprised that I'm not fast enough with the camera. :-)

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  15. we had one in our yard I was terrified it was rabbit because we are in the city and it was day light

    retro rover

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  16. Oh goodness! My Pierson would be going crazy if those guys were on our porch. :)

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  17. I love raccoons, but they are certainly pesky!

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  18. They're so cute!! It's tough to get good photos of wildlife, so I think you did very well!

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