October 30, 2013
Well, the other day we were outside playing after school. My daughter went over to play with the kids next door. They kicked the soccer ball over our fence so lucky me had to go get it and throw it back over. In the process of doing that, I spotted something lying in the grass. It certainly looked like an animal, but I was confused! So I go check it out and it's a raccoon! And it wasn't dead. It was alive, but it couldn't move much. It looked pretty sick.
Anywho, after learning that raccoons can be vicious and what not, and I don't really want rabies, I backed away from it.
My mom called the county and they said it had to "distemper" and we should let nature take its course and then, once it died, double bag it and get rid of it.
So she called the city. A police officer came over to take a look and what not.
So he sees the raccoon and he goes, "Oh yeah! Well, this is what is going to happen. I'm going to have to shoot it and unfortunately it has to be done here. Just keep your kids away from the window"
So after retrieving 2 large garbage bags and a shovel (and in the process of getting the shovel, knocking a bunch of stuff down and making a ton of noise), I go inside and eventually hear not one gunshot, but two.
I know it's good the raccoon is not suffering anymore, but dang!
So the nice police officer bagged up the raccoon and put it in his trunk and took it somewhere. and there is a nice pile of dirt in the yard, probably to cover up the blood.
Gotta say, that's a first! I've never been that close to a raccoon and I've never had anything happen like that in my yard!
But still... poor raccoon