After the wild cats have had their fill little "Mama" raccoon arrives to clean up their mess. She's been visiting now for about three years, first arriving cold and damp, obviously after giving birth. She was starving.
I'm not sure whatever became of her babies but we only see a couple of raccoon now. She wanders up to the porch and sits quietly munching on the leftovers. You can speak to her and she seems to listen. You can get up and she backs up to let you pass. She knows her name.
They don't always wash their food but they do roll it around in their paws before eating. On occasion she will stop and get a drink from either the water bowl or at the fountain. Sometimes she eats with the cats and sometimes they bop her on the nose and she goes away until they are done. She is definitely not the Alpha fur ball.
Our neighbor had to contact our state office due to an animal bite, not an aggressive animal, in fact it was a baby that was cornered by their small child. The state had to test the animal but told them that they have not found any incidences of rabies in raccoon they tested. Regardless, we make sure the children remain calm and keep their distance whenever she is around. I don't want her "tested" or the kids hurt.
Can you see her left eye? The one on your right? It's clouded over so we believe she's blind in that eye and it puts her at a disadvantage. She comes early, while it's still light probably to get a step ahead of the other scavengers. After she has eaten her fill she moves on to find the next tasty morsel to munch.
I'll admit to sneaking her some food if there are no leftovers. I'll scrape the plates off the side of the deck or even open a piece of cheese although it's not even a leftover. The poor thing needs a full belly.
Don't tell my husband!