Sunday, June 8, 2014

One person's trash easy meal for raccoon

Ralph and I spent a couple days at the beach recently.

We like Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach where we can enjoy broad stretches of beautiful, undeveloped shoreline with few people around.

On previous visits the water was chilly but this time, in early June, the ocean felt incredibly warm and inviting.  We had fun playing in the water.

While walking back to the car after one of our late afternoon swims, we rounded a bend in the boardwalk and came upon a raccoon exploring the trash bins.

At the park, garbage cans are hidden inside a wooden enclosure with a hinged lid. It not a particularly secure structure.  It doesn't have a lock or other obvious means of keeping animals out. From the raccoon's perspective, it must look like a 24-hour-all-you-can-eat buffet.

Anyway, as soon as I realized the raccoon was there, I turned on the camera and started filming. Because we were somewhat hidden by the curved walkway, I don't think the raccoon noticed us.  Instead of being scared away, it just kept on pursuing an easy meal.

Here's the video I took:


  1. Weirdly, I sort of miss raccoons! We don't have them here - I imagine they'd give the feral chickens a run for their money!

    1. I'd miss them too. I know they are opportunistic feeders and furry bandits but I still get excited whenever I see one.