Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It was a Natural Phenomenon!

This is the completion of the last story named Un-natural Phenomenon. It is about who, what, and how was our drive edged? Now, I believe I know what did the edging. To begin, the moist leaves along the drive happened to be loaded with worms and grubs which would be a fine food source for many animals. It appears this animal did all the digging along side of the drive for the juicy protein that's available.
What animal did the job? Interesting, some might call the little fella a big celebrity. He represents the state proudly on many publications and can often be seen in the media. I actually got a few pictures of him near the drive at dusk yesterday. His title: The official animal of the Great State of Tennessee. Can you name him? 

It’s a Raccoon. Actually, we have three Raccoons that live very near our home in the ten acre woods and have spotted them digging in leaves. They will eat bread that we toss out and bird seed. Also, there are two opossums that live near among a host of other animals, but I am 99% sure it was a Raccoon that we call Davy Crockett. Davy Crockett has been coming by since December. You know, I think he is still upset by that coon skin cap incident in the 1800s. Hee Hee! 
Davey the Raccoon loves old bread.
He lives in a downed tree that is near our drive. We normally see him around dusk. 
We feed a stray cat that comes around and Davey will steal the cat food. 
Davey munching on cat food right outside the back door!
Davey the Raccoon may be a Peeping Tom? Speaking of Tom's, our turkeys rake our leaves. 
Just think, we have a Raccoon that will edge the drive! We have Turkey's that rake leaves.
Now, If I could only train the deer to mow the yard, I would be set! This is Life in the ten acre woods, hope you enjoyed. Remember: What's in your Woods, River, Lake, or Bay? Get Outdoors!  


Jay said...

I figured it was somebody diggin' for worms. It wouldn't surprise me if the Davey was putting them on a hook and using them to catch a bigger tastier meal. Raccoons are pretty smart.

Baitrageous said...

Hey Jay, you suggested that it could be an Armadillo. That was a great guess and I had to think about it, but we have not seen any Armadillos around here, yet.

The Reverend Fowl ™ said...

we could not allow a raccoon on our property in Minnesota, because, Minnesota raccoons carry the raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis), a parasite that is deadly and incurable to humans. 100% raccoons tested positive for this. There have been 20 child fatalities.

Baitrageous said...

Yep, we are lucky not to have such a problem. It is present in the south but not nearly as bad. The heat must keep it in check.