Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A special raccoon

In September 2007 I came across a lovely "mask-less" raccoon on Mount Royal. The next season I was lucky enough to see her again and with three normally masked babies!



This Saturday I came across what I believe is the same raccoon and she is bigger and her face is whiter! Perhaps the pigment fades with age. However she was quite agile and climbed a tree to sit on a large branch and groom herself.
It was wonderful to see her again and to know she is fine and healthy. I checked into the lifespan of raccoons and from various sources found a range of 3 years to 10 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity. I hope she has a long, happy life.













13 comments:

  1. I don't know what you'd fine if you weren't living in a metropolis, but you do come up with great finds. To me, the raccoons face looks very fox-like without the mask. Very neat pictures.

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  2. If they have the capability to live 20 years it is a shame that their lifespan in their normal habitat is so much shorter. Hopefully she'll live for many more years. Hmmm... I wonder how rare a mask-less raccoon is...

    Great shots!

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  3. What a lovely looking creature, and I like the last photo!
    Their much shorter life span in the wild shows just how tough it can be for them.
    Flighty xx

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  4. Yes, it is a shame that their lifespan is so much shorter in the wild. Hopefully in this environment where few predators exist and food seems readily available, she will live a long life.

    Anvilcloud, you mention it looking like a fox and I have also heard "dog" and "oppossom". Quite a special creature!

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  5. Oops, that should have been "opossum".

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  6. Beautiful indeed! I have pictures of a 'maskless' raccoon also but unfortunately it's one my dog killed. A shame, really neat looking and unique.

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  7. People compare the one my dog found with a fox and a opossum. Mine looks younger than yours,coat not full at all but it's also very hot here. Mine really has the fur colorations that resemble more that of a opossum. Absolutely no markings on face at all. Greyish white in color(or silver).

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  8. I have a maskless raccoon living near me. She comes into the yard for a drink every day. Her 2 babies both have masks. We originally called her "Duffer" since she looked like an old grey raccoon. Whows how much we know.

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    1. How nice to hear of another maskless raccoon! And nice that she lives nearby. Thanks for sharing your story with me. :-)

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  9. WE TOO HAVE A MASKLESS RACOON THAT HAS BEEN AROUND 6 OR 7 YEARS AND HAS A COUPLE BABIES EVERY SPRING...

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  10. Wow, I've never seen this b4. How interesting and pretty! Sharing. ��

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