Interview With a Raccoon
people tend to think that raccoons are dirty animals they do not
want to be around them. I decided I would interview a raccoon
so people can learn more about this interesting animal and find
them to be interesting creatures.
What do you like to eat?
eat insects, grubs, nuts, fruits, frogs, snakes, shellfish, fish,
mammals and birds in my natural environment. In agricultural areas
I eat: poultry, garden and orchard vegetables and fruits. In urban
areas I eat anything out of the trash can. Basically whatever
is easiest to find I eat then sleep.
of Activity: What does a typical day look like to you?
am a nocturnal creature which means I like to party all night
long and sleep all day. In rare occasions I may go out, but only
if I get the munchies. I do not hibernate either. Life is short
when you're dodging traffic so I don't want to sleep through any
Foes: Who are your friends and enemies?
I am a social
animal, however I am also very territorial. My territory is about
a mile long. I don't like other raccoons touching my things! Animals
that tend to think I am a good snack are: dogs, foxes, coyotes,
pumas, Great Horned Owls,and bobcats.
It may seem like a personal question, but where do you live?
I am adaptable
to almost any environment. Basically I am too lay to make my own
house so I move in where other animals move out. Places I like
to hang my hat are: hollow trees, old badger, beaver, or coyote
dens, abandoned buildings, wood piles, hay stacks and even in
cattails. I'm not picky. I live all over America, preferably in
the east. I also can live in some places in Europe like Germany,
Luxemburg, France and the Netherlands.
I have another personal question for you. What is your reproduction
I am most
sexually active between January and March with February being
my favorite month. After the breeding season I split. Relationships
are too complicated. I only live for about three to five years
so why make life more complicated?
Day in a Life of a Raccoon
journal entry of my experience as a raccoon.
the life of a raccoon I decided to live like a raccoon for a couple
of days. This is my journal entry from one of those nights in
a life as a raccoon.
woke up at about dusk. I'm guessing about 8:30pm. I try to get
up early to have a few chances to get some humans to feed me.
I live in Poly Canyon so it is a bit of a walk to campus but that
is were all the excitement is. My first stop is the Campus Market
to see if there is any left over in the garbage as well as procrastinators
getting a late dinner. Once I got there I found only a few humans
walk by and one stop at the cash machine. All attempts to bribe
them for food failed. Their fear of rabies really has ruined their
food donation. My next attempt was the library. People are usually
around that area. I hung out by the garbage can for awhile but
I startled some girl and her boyfriend beat me up. When I came
back to consciousness I decided to go by the business building,
grab a fish and go back to my hole. Tonight was not my night.
Not only did I get beat up, I didn't get any junk food and I almost
got hit twice on my way back home. Tomorrow night I have a funeral
off of California Boulevard.
A guy brings
a raccoon home , tells his wife it's a pet.
, "Where are you going to keep it?"
, "In the bedroom."
what about that horrible nasty smell?' , she asks.
used to you , I'm sure he will too!"