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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Another Reason to Hate Raccoons


This from the Lake Oswego police blotter:

"8/17/11 3:29 p.m. A strange raccoon entered a woman’s house, stalked her cat, opened her refrigerator and drank some of the family’s milk."

Maybe he got in through the cat door, but how do you explain opening the fridge and helping himself to milk?

You can't tell me they don't have opposable thumbs.

6 comments:

Holly House said...

I don't know if you saw the video of the raccoons in my basement, but those things are getting smarter every year. Forget planet of the apes, it'll be planet of the raccoons!

Miriam said...

I had a cat who could open the refrigerator door. He would lie on his back and use his paws/claws to open the door from the bottom. (And I now have a dog who can open the deadbolt on the front door. Is it something about me that makes my pets this strange?) The cat had a few memorable feasts, but they were of the knock-everything-off-the-shelves-and-eat-what-spills variety. Nothing as dainty or dexterous as drinking milk from a carton...

Anonymous said...

I have maintained for years that raccoons, as a species, are concealing the fact that they developed opposable thumbs some time ago and that they are now plotting to take over the world. Kelly.

Paula said...

Good god, Holly! In the basement?! I think a small hand-held crossbow would have been in order. Years ago one of my brothers worked for a moving company ( a small one- it was called Starving Students) that ran the business out of a ratty old victorian by a creek. It was looked after by four German Shepherds- Rocky (the only male) Attica, Sing Sing, and I can't remember the fourth, but the boys kept the dogs' food in metal garbage cans in the cellar, which didn't seem to deter the rats, so someone came to work with a small crossbow which they'd use to go after the rats. Methinks one would do raccoons in basements justice.

Paula said...

Jeez Miriam- maybe you should go into animal training. I would think a dog that could open a deadbolt would be useful for selling dog food! Speaking of dainty and dexterous, my two dogs managed to lift a wrapped up turkey carcass that was buried in the top third of the trash without spilling anything else out of the trash. It was like one of them held everything aside while the other carefully plucked the bird out. I was truly amazed. I was also truly amazed at the barfy mess they left in the dining room.

Paula said...

Kelly, I think you are on to something. However, I hope that you are wrong.