Thursday, July 7, 2016
What wanders into the yard...is anybody's guess
This farm house I live in now...while not such the large windows...it still amazes me what you can spot...you just never know what you're going to see.
This particular day...two of the cutest baby coonies wandered through. Yes, yes...I know. I'm fully aware that baby raccoons grow up to be big raccoons and often wreak havoc on a chicken flock...but somehow this was different. These two looked dehydrated and a little lost. One was much smaller than the other...and it took some doing to manage to get some food in his belly.
The term "cooned-up" comes to mind...when I approached them both with a can of open tuna...the littlest guys' first response was most likely what mom had taught him...coon up (he turned sideways and arched his back like a cat and poofed his tail) and climb! Although not so fast...he did manage to climb up into the nearby crab-apple tree. His climbing skills were amazing...paws like velcro to the tree bark. I was concerned that he might stuggle to get down...pfffft, silly me. He came down like a champ, just like he went up. Well taught by mom!!
Anyhow, he did finally manage to sniff his way to the tuna can I left on the ground nearby. I didn't want to try and touch or pick up either of these guys...as my intent was simply to hydrate them a bit, give them some energy with no worries that they'd stick around. (They seemed very intent upon moving on...like they were looking for something. Probably mom. She was no where to be found so I'm guessing she had been killed on the road or some such.
For as often as I've had to shoot adult raccoons messing around in the chicken barn, somehow this little act of kindness made me feel just a tad bit better. As if the universe sent these two across my path so I could "pay-it-forward" in some way. No idea if it did any good at all...but at least the little guy got a belly full.
Yet another way that nature shows me...life is truly one moment at a time...if we choose to pay attention. Never know what might wander through your yard.
And let the wild things remain wild.