Kin selection in action: Man tries to disturb mother racoon and cubs, gets what he deserves

This moron not only tried to hit a raccoon with a broom, but then faced the wrath of a mother whose babies were obviously in the bin. DO NOT DO THIS! LET THE ANIMAL BE!


  1. Posted July 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    And that’s exactly how I’d respond if anyone came after my babies. Good mama raccoon. God.

    • warrenproject
      Posted July 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      funny that its 2 Washington residents who made the first comments here..


      not the same kind of doctor…

  2. warrenproject
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE this…. Raccoons are wild animals. But they are not mean until you get in their way or mess with their kids. They can be made into pets, as long as you realize they are wild and the wildness will come out. My cats used to play with a family of raccoons, until they got to be adults. They were still friendly but the raccoons moved on and grew up….


  3. Kevin
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic. There is nothing in that video that could not have been anticipated with a bit of intelligence.

    • rickflick
      Posted July 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      “with a bit of intelligence.”

      His reaction “Get out of here!” was clearly a cry of panic. I’d say he didn’t have a clue what he was doing.

      • Joseph Stans
        Posted July 25, 2016 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        The key words being “a bit of intelligence”. Alas, this is America and intelligence is a commodity in short supply.

        • Kevin
          Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

          There are shy pockets of intelligence, even in America. Alas, the huddled masses do make their presence nearly insignificant.

    • Posted July 26, 2016 at 4:06 am | Permalink

      More like with a bit of X-ray vision. It was not obvious that little ones are here and the raccoon would have just flee without any counterattack if she was alone. The man could have been more patient (just let the animal know you are here and it eventually leaves), but this is not an intelligence issue.

  4. BobTerrace
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I had to let a bat out of the house this morning. I closed off the room it was in (at 3 am), then at 9 am, hung sheets to limit its access ( bats radar thinks sheets are walls), opened a path to the deck slider, then nudged the bat with a broom to get it frantically flying around until it found the doorway.

    • Posted July 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

      My method for getting a bat out of the house is to capture it using one of those soft laundry baskets (that fold). I just take them outside and they fly away.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 25, 2016 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

        I too have released bats – little brown bats. They are so cute and really pretty defenceless despite their teeth.

    • Posted July 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      Good for you. Many people would just have killed it.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 25, 2016 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

        I hate it when people kill animals because they are in the wrong place. I don’t even kill flies.

        • d
          Posted July 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

          Ditto! Bees get a lift on a spoon with a drop of honey, because they are usually beat. Spiders get caught in a glass jar and are shown the classy digs out in the Protea bush. Scorpions too. Flies, well I fuss them until they find the window’s open.

    • Jonathan Wallace
      Posted July 26, 2016 at 3:35 am | Permalink

      Many years ago I was called early in the morning by some neighbours who said there was a pigeon in their house and would I mind coming and catching it and putting it out of the house? I went round to discover that the said pigeon was in their bedroom and that as a result they had been forced to flee and spend the night in the spare room!
      I assumed they must have tried to catch the pigeon and anticipated a bit of a struggle to capture it but when I went into their bedroom it perfectly happily allowed me to walk up to it and pick it up from its perch on top of the wardrobe! It was a racing pigeon that was evidently perfectly accustomed to being handled and I had to laugh that such a friendly and innocuous creature had filled them with so much fear!

  5. ijohnnyice
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Sweet Jebus i almost wet myself, WTG mom.

  6. Woof
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 3:10 pm | Permalink


  7. Posted July 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Step 1… make/buy a similar enclosure near the one they have commandeered. Perhaps put some food in there.

    Step 2… wait for night.

    Step 3… upend your now-empty garbage bin and secure it. Voila.

    Stupid human.

    • Cliff Melick
      Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

      Either that, or just buy another garbage container and leave the raccoons in their new home.

  8. Michael Scullin
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I had to deal with Mom Raccoon just last night, although her two kids were not along. She had returned to raiding the bird feeder and knew the drill. I had previously discussed this with her – “You have to get out of here.” The two cubs usually followed but sometimes needed more urging. She had no inclination to attack, but had I grabbed a cub for some stupid reason I think she would have been all over me. She is an odd color in that she is all fairly light brown whereas raccoons, including her cubs usually have black markings. In the mean time (very mean) the local raccoons have all but destroyed out corn garden in which I have been growing Old varieties of maize I obtained from the Hidatsa in the late 70s and early 80’s. Currently we have been studying variation in yield and this year may be almost a total loss. Add one more variable to the list.

  9. Posted July 25, 2016 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    On the other hand, he could have just killed it, as many do. I give him credit for not doing that.

  10. George
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I would put this in the not enough information to judge. A few years ago, I had two raccoons trapped in my garbage can, an adult and a juvenile. They were making a huge racket trying to get out. If the adult was a mother, I assume she had other young nearby.

    The can is about 3.5 ft tall (about a meter). The top is hinged – about 30 in (about 75 cm) square. It is all made of heavy duty plastic. There was not much garbage in the can so the animals were pretty much at the bottom. Sides are smooth – nothing to climb up on. So they were stuck.

    First thing I did was move the can to an open area. I flipped the lid open with a pole. I could see the adult jumping. I went to the can with a broom – yes a broom. I pushed the can over on its side and ran back into the house. And then I waited. Raccoons did not come out right away. I thought they would bolt and attack anything nearby. They took their time, peeked out and eventually sauntered away.

    His mistake was not putting the container on its side so that he could open the door and let the raccoons get away.

  11. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    I have to call this – Urban folks. But not to be too hard on urban people as a whole, more likely republican.

  12. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    That rapid reaction reminds me that the man is going after a scientific icon:

    Rocket Racoon and Groot are mission patches for the US National Laboratory on ISS.

    “In 2011, the US government created the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to manage the US National Laboratory aboard the International Space Station,. With the purpose of ensuring that research opportunities provided by the ISS are used to their full potential, CASIS is also seeks to inspire new generations of students to become involved in STEMs research and space exploration.

    With the next generation in mind, CASIS recently announced the creation of a new mission patch that is sure to appeal to sci-fi fans and space enthusiasts! The patch features Groot and Rocket Raccoon, two characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and was designed by Marvel Comic’s Custom Solution Group. For the remainder of 2016, it will represent all payloads that are destined for the ISS’ US National Laboratory.”

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  13. Newish Gnu
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Somewhere in the second half you can hear the young child reporting Dad’s failure to Mom. Love that!

  14. Posted July 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    As his regret gently sweeps.

  15. Damien McLeod
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Poor Mama Raccoon and babies. Dumb heartless human.

    • Jonathan Wallace
      Posted July 26, 2016 at 3:24 am | Permalink

      That’s a wee bit harsh isn’t it? The co-star of this clip could certainly have been smarter in the way he proceeded but it didn’t seem to me that he was especially heartless. He wasn’t attempting to kill the raccoon but simply to shoo it away.
      Raccoons are amazing animals with some highly entertaining behaviour but I can’t honestly say I’d want them to make a habit of raiding my trash can.

      • Damien McLeod
        Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:03 am | Permalink

        I was being somewhat tongue in cheek, how ever I’m still on the Raccoons side. Humans inconvenience other living things everywhere, all the time, time to come down off of our high horse and let Mama Raccoon protect her offspring. We HomoSaps are to full of ourselves.

  16. Coolred44
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    He could have used the broom to push the bin to the edge of the steps or further. Give her some space to retreat at some point.

    We had a badger in our garage one time. My father put on a pair of welding gloves then entered the garage and closing the door behind him. A whole lot of noise followed from both father and badger along with the sound of a lot of things falling over etc. He finally emerged with badger firmly grasped and carried him a respectable distance from the house and released him. Badger waddled away with barely a backwards glance. Of course the badger could have seriously injured my dad but he was the sort of man who believed his presence alone would convince the badger that anything other than complete surrender was unthinkable.

  17. Mike
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Sighs and shakes head…

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