The Lone Rangers of Central Park

I’ve written about raccoons before, but needed to share my latest sighting.

It was early on Sunday, a must if you want to avoid the weekly runner’s race that, if you look over your shoulder, looks as if you’re being chased by buffalo.

Preferring my runs to be more private, there I was at daybreak about to canter off, when up ahead I see a full grown raccoon about to cross the road.

There’s a bike race going on that’s more like fast relays with groups of 20 cyclists, a schmo on a motorcycle in the lead announcing their irritating, imminent arrival…and here they come.

Oh no, I think, does she see them?

Well, not only does she see them, but suddenly 5 babies come into view she halts in their tracks making them all bump into each other like the Keystone Cops of wildlife.   Next, they are all scampering up this huge tree while she guards it like any good mom.

I think I’m seeing things it’s so funny.

Now they’re all peeking out from various branches, like little Lone Rangers, waiting for Tonto to pull up with further instructions.

I stand, watching them for a full five minutes, wondering why she doesn’t pull them down and go on her way, then realizing, she must be waiting for me to go on mine.

When Ralph Waldo Emerson said, if you don’t know who or what to worship, worship nature, she will never fail you…he wasn’t just whistling Dixie.





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 Thanks.
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14 Responses to The Lone Rangers of Central Park

  1. micklively says:

    I wish we had raccoons in the UK. They are particularly cute critters.
    We have badgers instead whom successive governments have waged war upon.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, what a neat thing to witness. I bet it kept you grinning all day. And I love RWE’s quote.

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  3. We get them in our yard. They like birdseed and to take a drink from the pond. I think they ate some of my tomatoes last year. Well, like I say we all share here.

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  4. It’s so cool that even in the middle of a huge city like New York, you still have a place to see nature like that. I think sights like that would be enough to get me up early for a run.

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  5. We’ve seen a raccoon once here, but we used to get them on our back porch on Long Island. They are adorable. I loved your Sunday story.

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  6. I can just picture that scene …. lol!
    If it weren’t for those long nails I would be inviting them into the house. They seem to live exciting lives full of mischief, which make great stories.


  7. I even have a couple of raccoon stories. I will be kind and not share them here, but, rest assured, they were, at least, funny at the time.

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