Unruly baby raccoon finally corralled by mom

This is a great video showing a renegade baby raccoon refusing to enter its tree hole den. Mom is frustrated and makes repeated attempts to stuff the little bugger in, going so far as to grab it on the head with her teeth (this doesn’t look like a felid scruff carry!). She finally wins after a long struggle—after all, that baby carries half of her genes and has to be secured.

28 Comments

  1. Mark Reaume
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    This racoon has reaffirmed my life choice to not have children.

    • Glenda
      Posted August 24, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Wise.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Not even if they arrive ready-peeled and roasted?
      (Trying to remember the mythological character fed his children by a pissed-off Hermes. Probably several of them. Appears in the Norse canon too, IIRC.)

  2. busterggi
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Someone has lost video game priviledges for tonight.

  3. Randy schenck
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Hanging upside down by your back claws while grabbing the kid. You think you had a rough day.

    • Merilee
      Posted August 24, 2017 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      While some of the other kits are nursing on her…

  4. sponge bob
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Funny. 🙂 They don’t listen to their mom just like human kids.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      What amused me is the contrast between the two cubs (? kits?).
      I know birds can vary hatching date by some days across a brood. I don’t think it’s feasible in mammals, but … anyone know counter examples? With a helpless (altricial? yes) infant, there could be appreciable advantages, if the mechanics could be managed. “IF”.

  5. ploubere
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Maybe the kid is claustrophobic.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Does claustrophobia explain the low proportion of “born again” Xtians? Or is it the screaming and running for the hills on behalf of the mothers when the idea is broached?

  6. pablo
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    I know everyone thinks raccoons are cute, but when I see one, I just think “rabies.”

  7. rickflick
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    A great ending when the little guy gets pulled under.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 24, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      [Hums Jaws theme]

  8. rickflick
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Dum da, dum da, dum da, dum da, dum da, [horns – sceeeech!] [piccolo – tweeeeet!] dum da, dum da, dum da,…

    • rickflick
      Posted August 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      under – under – 7.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

      I think John Carpenter did it better.
      Did I just remember the composer of a bit of movie music? No : “by composer John Williams”. Well at least that part of the universe is working to expectation.
      From Wiki:

      Three full-size pneumatically powered prop sharks—which the film crew nicknamed “Bruce” after Spielberg’s lawyer,

      Ah, obviously a joke with pedigree.
      Ah, here it is: shark theme. Youtube, fuller. But what sort of distorted Youtube algorithmmic logic put this next to Jaws?

      • rickflick
        Posted August 24, 2017 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

        I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to take mercury onto an airliner. Not that I actually have any. In any event, amalgamation is an interesting process. It’s used in teeth fillings, although now-a-days they use a ceramic filling material that’s white. Nice color for teeth.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted August 27, 2017 at 6:39 am | Permalink

          I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to take mercury onto an airliner.

          At the back of the check-in desk there should be a red, black and white cartoon of the various classes of prohibited items. I think it’s IATA rules, so should be the same in the USA, public and private airports. There should also be a more detailed list.
          Many hours spent sitting in departure lounges, bored out of skull, wondering if I’ll be flying or going back on shift.

          • rickflick
            Posted August 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

            You may be the only sentient being in the universe who’s actually read those signs.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

              That doesn’t excuse you from complying with their lists of exclusions.

              • rickflick
                Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

                Ya. All my stuff ends up in the dumpster.

  9. Hempenstein
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Just the raccoon version of what most parents to thru @ bedtime. But I feel sorry for the kits. Imagine how stuffy it must be in there. Everyone in fur coats to boot…

    • Merilee
      Posted August 24, 2017 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      Fur boots as well😬

  10. Diane G.
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Adorable. 🙂

    I don’t see the kit as “bratty,” though. Looks to me as if it’s just learning to climb and hanging on for dear life.

    • Posted September 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

      Yes – to me, it seems very scared in the first half of the video.

  11. Posted August 25, 2017 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    Kids! Once she finally did get him back inside he probably refused to eat his oatmeal.

  12. Posted August 25, 2017 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of trying to get the cat to the vet.

  13. starskeptic
    Posted August 25, 2017 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    *whew!*
    I can breathe now!


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