Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Uninvited House Guests: Part Two
Yesterday morning, awakened by loud scratching and screaming sounds outside the sliding door in my office, I jumped out of bed to investigate its source.
My heart was beating wildly as I found a very upset and frightened young raccoon staring up at me, begging me to release him.
Hands trembling, I immediately called Aaron, our wildlife technician to report that "we had raccoon" and to please hasten to our house to retrieve her. He told me that he would be there in a few minutes, and to "hang tough." Sure.. easy for him to say.
Upon his arrival, Aaron checked the trap immediately, informing me that the trapped masked bandit was not mama. There was another raccoon in another trap outside the far end of our screened in pool area. I had no idea about that one!
Mama raccoon was not a happy camper as I rushed out to snap her photo. She hissed and growled threateningly . . . a scary critter. But she was not upset at all about the other raccoon in the cage next to her, and he was now as quiet as a Church Mouse.
Aaron checked the attic and found one very frightened youngster moving around too fast for him to manually extract him. Before he left, another trap was baited to hopefully catch the other baby.
So now we have saved Mama raccoon and one baby. Let's hope that tomorrow brings a great result so all of them can be reunited at the wildlife preserve.
I tell ya, that flat screen tv is but a fleeting memory . . . and let's hope that soon all of this will be, as well.
I need a hug!