Sunday, August 14, 2011


Living out in the country as we do, It's easy to form mental attachments to certain wild creatures.  The latest one to tug at our heartstrings is a young raccoon.  We're calling him Wimbley.  I noticed him Tuesday as I was throwing corn out for the creatures.  It seemed strange that he was out in the full daylight, and even stranger that he didn't run from me.  Instead, he ambled to an old oak tree nearby and climbed slowly, resting frequently, to a crotch in the tree, about 20 feet up. 

 I saw him the next day, briefly, and then, on Thursday, there was a showdown.  While he was eating, a short distance from the same tree, 7 vultures surrounded him.  We seldom see those ugly creatures close to the house, and I wondered, not for the first time, about Wimbley's well being.  But he certainly had spunk.  While a wild turkey provided backup, he tried to intimidate the vultures with his fiercest snarl.  When that didn't deter them, he simply ignored them, and ate his corn.  One by one, they shuffled off.

Wimbley was staying closer to the base of the tree today, and no surprise, we discovered he has an injured front leg.  Most likely, he was abandoned by his family when they moved to a different location, and he couldn't make the trip.  Now, he has a little water, and a little dog food, and a new name.  And of course, a little piece of our hearts.


Anonymous said...

aw, what a cute story!

august2011 said...

My, you live dangerously over there.
Hope the little Zorro makes it.

lisa said...

Connie, just from my experience, but if he's out during the day, it is probably not a good thing, so do be careful!

On another note, we live in a city, and had a raccoon give birth to 3 babies in our garage over the summer!

Thank you so much for sharing these today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful day!


Connie Smiley said...

Thanks for the warning, Lisa; I will be careful. But babies, how fun!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

What she says is true. Sometimes when animals are very ill (such as rabies) they'll almost seem tame, have a lack of fear of don't get to close.) Hopefully little Wimbley has just grown accustomed to you guys thru the corn. Love the name you gave the little guy!!! Cute cute story!

missing moments said...

Love his name ... but be careful. Glad you are providing him with food and water.

Pat said...

I love the picture of Wimbley and the Turkey facing off against the Vulture! Poor little guy - I hope he recovers. I see you've already been warned to be cautious around him.

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh well done you:)
big love to you
and Wimbley,

Rug Cleaning Santa Monica said...

Awww, what a cute story. Poor Wimbley. I'm sure he's very appreciative of his new family. He's a cute little guy :)

Jeanne Klaver said...

Oh, what a sweet story. Amazing shots!I do hope the little guy makes it.

Sara said...

He is a adorable. Great photos and story.