Just wanted to express how pleased I am to have stumbled upon this subverse. Raccoons have always fascinated me and I can't help but laugh at their mannerisms. There is a fat coon who makes his/her way through the neighborhood at night, and a section of the trail runs right past our car port. I'll put out leftovers and scraps from time to time and the plate is always licked clean by morning.
The last close encounter of the 3rd kind, the raccoon came trundling around the corner of the carport as I was sitting there having coffee. Caught a motion out the corner of my eye, looked up and saw the critter at the same time it saw me. Five feet away. We both did an involuntary JUMP startle response, pretty funny in retrospect. I spilled my coffee and that raccoon was outta there.
Anyway, subscribed & awwwww. :)