Mistaken Identity

In my Ouch essay I talked about how much I hate littering, so when marching over to a park worker picking up piles of junk to commiserate, it came as no surprise.

What did was what he told me.

“I can’t believe how anyone can throw this much garbage on the ground, especially when there’s a trashcan right here,” I said indignantly.

He laughed.

“What’s so funny?  Look, you’re the one picking it up.”

“I’m laughin cause people didn’t do this, it was the coons.”

“Coons, as in raccoons?”

“Yeah, every night all through the park. You should see what they do to the big dumpsters. If they could they’d turn-em upside down.”

Now it was my turn to laugh.

So those little masked fuckers are the culprits. images

“Have you ever caught them in the act?”

“Yeah, but it’s best not to interfere.  They’ve been known to throw things and even come at you, specially if it’s a mother with babies.”

“So they climb in and stuff comes flying out?”

“More or less.  They want food so they dig till they find it.  It’s kinda like lookin for somethin in the back of the closet.”

“I see.”

After just hunting for one of my blue Keds I knew just what he meant.

Well, no one can accuse Mother Nature of not having a sense of humor, or this kid for that matter.  images-1


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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22 Responses to Mistaken Identity

  1. micklively says:

    I just love the multi-story coon-park picture.
    Too much packaging! The thrust of recent years has been toward recycle. I say reuse instead.


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Raccoons are so cute. I love the way they use their little paws the same way we use our hands. And their Lone Ranger mask is priceless. One of my cousins used to have a pet raccoon.


    • They’re very smart. I have a friend with a cabin upstate with a dresser he keeps on his porch. Every morning he’d get up to find everything in the drawers all over the place. He then decided to leave a can of tuna out every night…his drawers were never rifled through again…true story.

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  3. Elle Knowles says:

    They come up on my carport to eat the cat food every night. Since they wash their food before they eat it, the water bowl is always dirty in the morning. My neighbor across the street traps them and relocates them, but I think they must find their way back home or there is a pretty big community of them around. ~Elle


  4. Patricia says:

    Maybe the raccoons are helping the economy by seeing to it that people have jobs


  5. The first raccoon picture is adorable!


  6. I remember once seeing this racoon at a ranger station in this state park. The poor little guy had his arm in a cast and was carrying it in a sling. But the ranger warned us not to get too friendly, that these little guys (even with only one arm) can be pretty honorary. Still, we were fascinated by how well he could grab and eat whatever the rangers gave him. :O)


  7. AZMike says:

    I always wanted one as a pet too.
    When I lived in Iowa where I grew up, I was feeding a whole mess of kittens that had showed up. One of the kittens ended up killed by probably a tomcat, the following nite I saw something bounding around under the yard light. Thinking it was the tomcat back after another kitten I headed out to shoot it. As I got close enough to see, I discovered it was a young skunk with a beautiful full tail, fluffy even. It was going after the crickets and moths, I let it be. 🙂


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