An animal visitor this evening
After the thunderstorm early this evening, I happened to look out through the sidelights on either side of our front door to see if our bad boy cat wanted to come in but I saw the large wide back of a raccoon as it was chowing down on the catfood we leave by the entry for a couple of wild cats.
This raccoon was unafraid and when I opened the storm door to get a better picture, it stuck its nose in the door and would have come in if I hadn't closed the door quickly. Our dog was ready to have a go at it so if it had come in, it would have been a mess. The picture I took of the raccoon as it tried to come in, is blurred because I was trying to shut the door quickly. Kinda cute though with its beauty spot on the left cheek.
In the first picture, you can see our cat's eyes shining behind the raccoon. The cat was rather calm through the whole episode even as the raccoon made a defensive gesture towards him. I guess they've met before.
Just the other morning my wife called to me to come downstairs to see if the animal eating catfood was a baby deer. Well it turned out to be the fox that I saw previously and who yelped at our cat a few times. The yelp is almost like a baby crying, an aaa, aaa, aaa sound. A very strange and creepy sound especially late at night. My wife mistook it for a fawn because of its very long legs and large ears.
P.S. I let the cat out early this morning 05/17/07 and 15 minutes later I heard the familiar yelping so I ran out the door to rescue the cat who appeared from under the van all frizzed up and out came the fox who apparently was at the far end of the car. I got a good look at the fox who took its time leaving. It had a lot of black in the fur. I guess it's the guard hairs that are black hiding the red under hair. It did have very long legs for a fox and was a good sized one too about the size of a beagle but not so bulky.