The family dog alerted us that the female raccoon that’s been frequenting our yard and garden was back, in mid-afternoon. She was on an outing with all four of her kits, and I got a few mid-range photos of the adorable family.
They had ventured down a tree into a wooded area near our yard. When the dog and humans got excited, the kits scaled back up the tree first, then the mama raccoon wasn’t far behind.
This raccoon is the prime suspect in the digging of our newly planted vegetable beds in May. Our guess is she was hunting for grubs to eat shortly before her babies were born. She also had at least one late-night squirmish with the family dog, but all is well now. It seems the family was just out hunting for food when the paparazzi caught up with them this time, and after a few photos, we left them in peace.
It’s a blessing to live where wildlife is still thriving. A Northern water snake was another example we saw on a recent neighborhood walk.
Yes, I instruct my children to leave wildlife alone and to be cautious, especially avoiding snakes. We’re not worried about the family dog because she’s up to date on her rabies vaccination. But at a safe distance, wildlife is a welcomed site.
And bees in our yard are not something to be feared, but rather creatures to welcome because they pollinate our flowers and food.