I came home yesterday afternoon to a rather strange site.
A raccoon sleeping on my roof.
I didn’t get a good feeling from this and thought there was something wrong with the critter. I called animal control / rescue…and was assured that it probably was not rabid. It was thought that it was just over heated, found a cool spot and was napping. I was told they do this sometimes and it would leave at nightfall. I wasn’t so sure, but was willing to wait as they suggested. As evening approached, the raccoon was becoming a bit more active but still, it didn’t seem right.
….then I saw the reason…
… that had to hurt.
I called animal control again. Since it was injured, they would come out. I showed the officer this photo and he agreed that the poor thing was in a bad way. Sadly, the rescue attempt failed when the racoon bolted for a higher perch on the roof. (AR isn’t allowed to go up after them). It moved off the roof late in the evening. I have not seen it since. I hope it didn’t move into the chimney. (we had one in there over the winter) I’m sure I’ll know if it did, in a few days.