The Raccoon Climbing Brigade

"The climb might be tough and challenging,but the view is worth it." Victoria Arlen

DO YOU see them? It wasn't easy for me to spot this youthful brigade of five raccoon brothers and sisters clawing way up a ragged maple tree that has seen better days. They camouflaged nicely amid the grayish/brown bark, leafy shadows and flashes of sunlight.

Although said to be nocturnal, these neighborhood critters remain active around the clock. Seeing five means there are likely 500 nearby. Their movements are sometimes comical and destinations repetitive similar to that of humans who routinely trek the same trails every day. Raccoons are trained to be great climbers almost from birth. Watch as one scales a 25-story building HERE.

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  1. Hello, they are cute critters. I have seen raccoons active during the day. Great sighting and photos. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  2. What wonderful photography of the climbing raccoons ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  3. Yes, the first one was hard to see. Let them stay in the trees and out of my blueberries and corn!

  4. I could find only one in the first image. Raccoons look so adorable in each photo. They reminded me of adventuresome very young kids climbing a jungle gym. A big problem in Japan is their invading houses not in agricultural but also some urban areas. Owners’ irresponsible release of pet raccoon seem to have made them naturalized to Japan.

  5. Raccoons are wonderful creatures and it is only because they are so adaptable that they have habituated so well to anthropogenic conditions - and we have made it very easy for them to survive (and prosper) in our cities. To watch the antics of a family is great entertainment.

  6. They are adorable, but they can also be a nuisance and a danger. I like looking at them from this perspective!

  7. Oh these photos are gorgeous I can't remember I have seen one in real life

  8. Fantastic photos of these adorable little guys. I will always adore these little critters.

  9. I know this is an older post of yours Maria, but somehow I missed it earlier. What a wonderful photo essay! They are so darn cute!


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