Thursday, June 16, 2011

Scardy Kit

So here I was, hoping to get some older (late May, early June) images out to show you kind folks, when a few new photo opportunities came into my hands.

Tuesday morning, I took my usual walk around the pond. As I approached the dam, I heard what sounded like a bird in distress. A man and his dog were trying to figure out where it was coming from. The dog was very alarmed by the noise. We heard it again. It sounded familiar. It suddenly occurred to me that it wasn't a bird, but rather the sound of a young raccoon kit.

I glanced over toward the dam and there was this little darling, afraid to climb down into the depths of the concrete dam, where his mother and sibling waited below.


2-mama watching
Mama was a bit concerned with my presence and proved that to me by growling every now and then.



3-Almost down
I took a few steps back and the wee one decided to try to make his way down the pole to his family. He did just fine.



4-All together
After crossing a small divide, the kit was now with its mother and sibling.



mink
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw this character scampering his way across the slope of the dam, intent on finding out what might be making such a racket. I didn't know if the raccoon kits were at risk or not. I know that minks can be quite fierce. But they're also rather shy, and as soon as he caught sight of me, he decided to go back from whence he came.


Mama raccoon and her more courageous kit started to make their way down the slope and into the water which flows under a speedy roadway and into a creek. She was much more adept than her two little ones.


7-two sliding down
The two of them struggled to make their way down the concrete slope.




10-scared
As Mama and sibling were in the water, the more fearful one became frightened again. He paused and then decided to climb back up.





11-encouragement
Eventually, his family returned and encouraged him to join them.




12-help
He struggled his way down the slope one more time..




5-like a bear
He stood at the bottom watching for a little bit, looking much like a little bear cub.



9-sibling swim
He finally slipped into the water, beyond my view to follow his family.

Come back tomorrow, and I'll tell you all about a different pair of babies which I saw at the pond the following morning. They're adorable and you won't want to miss it.

57 comments:

Glo said...

What an adventurous and scary experience for little raccoon! Its heart was probably thumping to beat the band. Glad to see that all ended well. Terrific photos of the ongoing adventure...including a mink! Not looking forward to raccoons in my cherry tree again this year!

Kristina P. said...

Oh, wow, that was so cool!

Tes said...

Oh wow, what an experience. Your photos tell very good stories. You captured the event so well. Thank you for sharing. :)

Pierre BOYER said...

So gorgeous !!!
Have a sweet day...

Pierre

That Janie Girl said...

How cool is that? That you were able to see the little thing, his fear, and document it?

Amazing.

Thanks for giving me the POTW award - I'm honored!

I'll be back and will follow.

Zuzana said...

Beautiful snapshots of natural wonders. I guess animals are more alike us then we might think at times.;)I think I told you that once in the US I had a raccoon living on my porch.;)
Looking forward to see some more babies.;)
xoxo

Anyes said...

Quite a family reunion you captured there, Hilary

ladyfi said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful story with fabulous photos. Thank goodness it all ended happily.

slommler said...

That kit is adorable!! So timid and so cute! Love the photos!
And to see a mink!! How cool is that!!
Hugs
SueAnn

ellen abbott said...

Oh, poor little guy. what a great set of pictures. they are so cute.

roobo69 said...

Loved this little story through your pictures!

J.J. said...

Cute little fellows!!!

Brian Miller said...

aw, these are adorable...thanks for sharing their little adventure with us...will have to show my youngest when he wakes.

Moannie said...

Fantastic, I had my heart in my mouth.

Sadly mink have been introduced into the wild here in the uk [after the 'don't wear fur' tirade] and they have decimated our local wildlife, now the authorities are obliged to cull them.

June said...

Good mama.
Cute baby.
Even cuter for the fear.

Anvilcloud said...

We've had some run-ins with raccoons in Stanley Park in Vancouver where they are quite quite bold.

Snappy Di said...

What a huge learning curve that little fella was going through. Too bad there wasn't an easier route down to the water that mama could have taken.

DI

Out on the prairie said...

lovely shots, they can be very loud if they want.

ADRIAN said...

What a great post. Superb images and a good story.

Leah J. Utas said...

That's practically a children's book already. Wonderful pics.

Jillsy Girl said...

I love that shot where they both look like bear rugs!! :-)

Lots of happenings at your pond, you lucky duck!

texwisgirl said...

oh my goodness this was SO cute!!!! what a great way to start my day!!! making their way down the slope was just the funniest and sweetest thing!!!

Mental P Mama said...

What a treat!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

What special moment this must have been for you!Thanks for shirring this sweetness.

missing moments said...

Hillary, these were great shots as well as your story telling. Poor little guy ... I think we all can relate to taking that first step!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

You got some GREAT shots! Those are some tricky critters to get snap shots of!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

aww, poor little guy!
what an adventure!
you document this so wonderfully with your photos.

glad it all ended happily.

Cricket said...

A great series you got here. Well done. When cameras become available as implants, I won't be surprised if you're first in line.

Or not. Jamming a USB into your temple might not hold much appeal ;)

How about a little fifties medley? Maybe Slippin' and Slidin' into Splish Splash ?

Kat said...

Awww. That must have been so fun to watch.
It always amazes me how even animals have their very own personalities.

Jayne said...

Such sweet photos, Hilary. You could write a children's book with those characters (and your narration.) :)

Gail Dixon said...

Incredible photos. I felt like I was there, watching it all unfold. Poor little babe! My heart just went out to him. Can't wait to see what you have in store tomorrow. :)

Daryl said...

What a fabulous post ..

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Bossy Betty said...

More adorable than these?? This was a great series!

...louciao... said...

What an endearing story, and so well illustrated. It would make a great kids' book. I've been in many circumstances where I've felt just like that little raccoon!

messymimi said...

The personality differences among animals, even of the same family, are as fascinating as the ones between human siblings. Thanks for the glimpse into raccoon behavior, and good for the mama for keeping on until the shy one learned what he can do.

Scott said...

I don't normally read long posts, I just look at the photos, but I had to read every word of this one. Great story and cool pictures to go along. Thanks.

Dawn said...

Wow. You sure have the most adventurous walks:)

Stacey Dawn said...

I'm totally giddy over your shots of these babies. How fun for you! What adorable little faces! You must live in the best place to see all these great animals!

Reb said...

What a great set of photos. I'm glad this pair of kits has a momma still to show them the ropes.

Linda said...

What an adventure you were able to capture with your camera. Those kits are adorable. Good job.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

adorable! we have young twins living nearby, and when one went to check some trash got VERY loud and upset..until reunited with his twin :)

Cloudia said...

awwwww!

What a great series!!!!!



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Bonnie said...

What a delightful post Hilary - thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

I love hearing the story behind the photos! It does look so much like a bear in some of the pics.

Kelly H-Y said...

My goodness, what perfect timing you had to arrive when there was so much activity!! Great shots/story! I can't believe you even saw a mink!

Red said...

What a great story! And you happened to be there and be cool enough to get the pictures.
Awesome post.

Birdie said...

The little paw print is SO cute. Love this post! Love it!

Hilary said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. It's nice to know that you all enjoyed the raccoon kits. I'll be by your blogs sometime soon. Thanks always for your visits, your comments, your kindness and your patience. :)

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Great catch of animals on your walk. A mink. I don't think I've ever seen one.

Last week I watched a timid barn swallow baby wait to fly, three days after his 5 siblings fled the nest. Such relief to see his wings work.

the Bag Lady said...

LOVE the photo of them splayed on the concrete! LOL
You are right about the mink - that racoon baby would have made a lovely lunch.

Suldog said...

AWESOME photos. Looks like a ready-made kids book, to me.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Unbelievable! Fabulous pictures!!!

Unknown Mami said...

Aww, I love the little scardy kit.

Hilary said...

Thanks so kindly, everyone. :)

Lisa RedWillow said...

This is beyond sweet.. You sure put a smile on my face.. Loved each image.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Being a baby is scarey and this was a wonderful set of photos to lead us along into the story of a day in the life of raccoons.