Go Back  Bike Forums > The Lounge > Foo
Reload this Page >

Wow! I almost hand fed a raccoon

Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

Wow! I almost hand fed a raccoon

Old 09-25-17, 06:51 PM
  #1  
windhchaser 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: baned from foo so for sure im not there .
Posts: 620

Bikes: Felt nine flow

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 648 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Wow! I almost hand fed a raccoon

hee got so close but something scared him .i was worried about rabbies because we have lots of reports here
__________________
And the moral of the story is,
A band with no talent can easily amuse
Idiots, with a stupid, puppet show
windhchaser is offline  
Old 09-25-17, 07:07 PM
  #2  
dynodonn 
Senior Discount Member
 
dynodonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: U.S. of A.
Posts: 7,461
Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1217 Post(s)
Liked 19 Times in 17 Posts
Hand feed one, expect a whole lot more to be showing up. Be sure and have plenty of bowls of water out for them, so they can wash their food.
dynodonn is offline  
Old 09-25-17, 07:44 PM
  #3  
KLiNCK
Optically Corrected
 
KLiNCK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Posts: 519

Bikes: 2012 Specialized Sirrus , 2012 Specialized Roubaix Comp

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 87 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 2 Posts
Don't mess with raccoons...
They've got a good set of "chompers"!


They can be "bad hombres".
Keep fingers clear.
KLiNCK is offline  
Old 09-25-17, 07:50 PM
  #4  
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Posts: 14,682

Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 140 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
In other wildlife adventures: A couple dozen of us were riding through a city park last night. I looked off to the left and a couple car lengths off the trail there was a coyote trotting alongside us.
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.


Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline  
Old 09-25-17, 11:53 PM
  #5  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 8,835

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 151 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2680 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 59 Posts
This!
Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
Hand feed one, expect a whole lot more to be showing up. Be sure and have plenty of bowls of water out for them, so they can wash their food.
My cousin up in Wise County started feeding one juvenile raccoon, thinking it was abandoned. Pretty soon all its siblings, good for nothing cousins and mooching friends showed up. Next thing you know they're getting into the beer fridge out in the barn, running an extension for cable TV and driving up their overpriced rural electric co-op bill. Now they're running a chop shop for stolen farm implements and bikes in the barn -- the cleanest chop shop you've ever seen. I mean, they wash everything. I'm so outraged I'm going up there this weekend to see if I can find a few spare wheels, handlebars and saddles.
canklecat is online now  
Old 09-26-17, 05:22 AM
  #6  
Zinger
Trek 500 Kid
 
Zinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Spokane WA
Posts: 2,550

Bikes: '83 Trek 970 road --- '86 Trek 500 road

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2138 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
.................................................NSFW
Zinger is offline  
Old 09-26-17, 07:55 AM
  #7  
bikecrate
Senior Member
 
bikecrate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: LF, APMAT
Posts: 2,224
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 425 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Please do not feed wild animals. They quickly become a nuisance that endangers themselves and humans.
bikecrate is offline  
Old 09-26-17, 08:11 AM
  #8  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 22,219
Mentioned: 163 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8444 Post(s)
Liked 235 Times in 152 Posts
Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
Please do not feed wild animals. They quickly become a nuisance that endangers themselves and humans.

IKR. A week ago yesterday I came face to face (~20') with a 350+ lb. black bear as I was leaving a private campground on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest during a bike tour across PA. He had been dumpster diving in the non-bear proof dumpsters at the campground. Fortunately, things did not escalate. But I am pissed at the place. It knows it has a bear problem but refuses to spring for the proper dumpsters. One of the ones they do have even has a mural on it that reads "Bettum's Bear Buffet." Not amusing in the least, especially considering there was a pile of scat less than 100' from my tent. There is a lot of wooded area on the northern and western sides of the campground. I am guessing he came out of that area, walked close to my tent and hit up the dumpsters, which are located on the eastern side of the place.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 09-26-17, 08:12 AM
  #9  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 22,219
Mentioned: 163 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8444 Post(s)
Liked 235 Times in 152 Posts
Originally Posted by KLiNCK View Post
Don't mess with raccoons...
They've got a good set of "chompers"!


They can be "bad hombres".
Keep fingers clear.

Private eyes were watching me during my recent bike tour across PA.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
possums3.jpg (98.5 KB, 173 views)
indyfabz is offline  
Old 09-27-17, 07:29 AM
  #10  
Will G
Senior Member
 
Will G's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Granbury, Texas
Posts: 710
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 51 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The rabies vaccination process isn't as bad as it used to be, apparently, but does cost more than you might expect. Had an encounter with a rabid fox. No cuts, no sc****s, and no bites but I hit the thing 4 times before it finally decided to retreat. After a couple phone calls with public health officials and explaining what happened, they asked "Did you touch your mouth or eyes after contacting the fox?" In all the excitement, I had no idea. "Well, if you did and you contract rabies, it's 100% fatal and a very, very horrible way to die." So I wander into the only local facility that does rabies vaccine under my own power and explain what happened. No x-rays, no MRI, no lab work, no stitches, no specialists, 4 immunoglobulin shots, and 1 rabies vaccine shot with 1 per week for the next 3 weeks. Tab exceeded $12K. On the up side, I'm good to go for any future rabid animal encounter.
Will G is offline  
Old 09-27-17, 10:46 AM
  #11  
Stormsedge
Senior Member
 
Stormsedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 579

Bikes: 2017 Trek Domane SL6 Disc, 1990 Schwinn Crosscut Frankenroadbike, 2015 KHS Team 29 FS *NEW BIKE*, 2000 Gary Fisher Tassajara--gone but not forgotten

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 134 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Will G View Post
The rabies vaccination process isn't as bad as it used to be, apparently, but does cost more than you might expect. Had an encounter with a rabid fox. No cuts, no sc****s, and no bites but I hit the thing 4 times before it finally decided to retreat. After a couple phone calls with public health officials and explaining what happened, they asked "Did you touch your mouth or eyes after contacting the fox?" In all the excitement, I had no idea. "Well, if you did and you contract rabies, it's 100% fatal and a very, very horrible way to die." So I wander into the only local facility that does rabies vaccine under my own power and explain what happened. No x-rays, no MRI, no lab work, no stitches, no specialists, 4 immunoglobulin shots, and 1 rabies vaccine shot with 1 per week for the next 3 weeks. Tab exceeded $12K. On the up side, I'm good to go for any future rabid animal encounter.
Yup, what Will said. Rabies...not good, and a high rate of it in raccoons in my area...check with your local wildlife officer before becoming BFFs.
Stormsedge is offline  
Old 09-27-17, 12:09 PM
  #12  
bikecrate
Senior Member
 
bikecrate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: LF, APMAT
Posts: 2,224
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 425 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
IKR. A week ago yesterday I came face to face (~20') with a 350+ lb. black bear as I was leaving a private campground on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest during a bike tour across PA. He had been dumpster diving in the non-bear proof dumpsters at the campground. Fortunately, things did not escalate. But I am pissed at the place. It knows it has a bear problem but refuses to spring for the proper dumpsters. One of the ones they do have even has a mural on it that reads "Bettum's Bear Buffet." Not amusing in the least, especially considering there was a pile of scat less than 100' from my tent. There is a lot of wooded area on the northern and western sides of the campground. I am guessing he came out of that area, walked close to my tent and hit up the dumpsters, which are located on the eastern side of the place.
Down here it's mostly people feeding the gators. Not a smart idea.
bikecrate is offline  
Old 09-29-17, 04:01 PM
  #13  
DannoXYZ 
Senior Member
 
DannoXYZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Saratoga, CA
Posts: 11,739
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 102 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I feed them all the time!!!



Cases of humans contracting rabies from raccoons are about 1-2 per year for past coupe decades (no deaths). Mosquitoes are much more dangerous with over 120 cases of malaria and 6 deaths in U.S. per year. You're also more likely to die from STDs contracted from your fellow humans...

Last edited by DannoXYZ; 12-31-17 at 09:19 PM.
DannoXYZ is offline  
Old 09-29-17, 04:10 PM
  #14  
DrIsotope
Non omnino gravis
 
DrIsotope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: SoCal, USA!
Posts: 6,567

Bikes: Nekobasu, Pandicorn

Mentioned: 96 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3503 Post(s)
Liked 101 Times in 78 Posts
I've hand-fed raccoons lead, twice.
__________________
DrIsotope is offline  
Old 09-29-17, 05:50 PM
  #15  
DannoXYZ 
Senior Member
 
DannoXYZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Saratoga, CA
Posts: 11,739
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 102 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Those aren't raccoons ...

Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Private eyes were watching me during my recent bike tour across PA.


Last edited by DannoXYZ; 12-31-17 at 08:30 PM.
DannoXYZ is offline  
Old 10-04-17, 11:05 AM
  #16  
Dan Burkhart 
Senior member
 
Dan Burkhart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 7,260
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 527 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
In other wildlife adventures: A couple dozen of us were riding through a city park last night. I looked off to the left and a couple car lengths off the trail there was a coyote trotting alongside us.
We see coyotes all the time here. Last week, I was riding just after dusk with my lights on, and one of them trotted across the road right in front of me. After he reached the side of the road, he stopped and watched me ride by.
I see them often enough that I don't perceive them as a threat.
Dan Burkhart is offline  
Old 12-23-17, 09:55 PM
  #17  
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Posts: 14,682

Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 140 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I see them occasionally too, but this was the first time I saw one pace a group of bicycles.
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.


Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline  
Old 12-23-17, 09:58 PM
  #18  
DrIsotope
Non omnino gravis
 
DrIsotope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: SoCal, USA!
Posts: 6,567

Bikes: Nekobasu, Pandicorn

Mentioned: 96 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3503 Post(s)
Liked 101 Times in 78 Posts
I had a coyote spot me on the river trail from his spot in the river basin-- and take of running directly parallel to me. He then paced me for about 200 yards, and cut across the trail right in front of me as if to say, "Who's fastest now?"
__________________
DrIsotope is offline  
Old 12-23-17, 10:24 PM
  #19  
Scarbo
Erik the Inveigler
 
Scarbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: The California Alps
Posts: 2,313
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1310 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
hee got so close but something scared him .i was worried about rabbies because we have lots of reports here
Well, if you were in a drunken stupor and dressed like the Easter Bunny it is easy to see why.
Scarbo is offline  
Old 12-24-17, 07:56 AM
  #20  
02Giant 
Home School Valedictorian
 
02Giant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 2,672

Bikes: 13 Orbea Orca 02 Giant Cypress 88 Mongoose ATB

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 755 Post(s)
Liked 21 Times in 13 Posts
Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
hee got so close but something scared him .i was worried about rabbies because we have lots of reports here
And yet, you felt the need to attempt feeding it?
02Giant is online now  
Old 12-24-17, 09:01 AM
  #21  
dedhed
SE Wis
 
dedhed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 4,979

Bikes: '68 Raleigh Sprite, '02 Raleigh C500, '84 Raleigh Gran Prix, '91 Trek 400

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 649 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
I see them occasionally too, but this was the first time I saw one pace a group of bicycles.
He was waiting for the weak sick one to fall behind the pack. Or was trying to figure out which one was the roadrunner.
dedhed is offline  
Old 12-24-17, 09:55 AM
  #22  
Shimagnolo
Senior Member
 
Shimagnolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Zang's Spur, CO
Posts: 8,739
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1541 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 15 Posts
Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
I feed them all the time!!!


When I was a kid someone gave us an orphaned baby raccoon and I raised it for a year.
It was absolutely the most memorable pet I ever had.
But be warned: an unsupervised raccoon can make a mess of a house faster than a bunch of partying teenagers!
Shimagnolo is offline  
Old 12-24-17, 09:57 AM
  #23  
Siu Blue Wind
BACK2ME
 
Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 12,826
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1555 Post(s)
Liked 44 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by canklecat View Post

My cousin up in Wise County started feeding one juvenile raccoon, thinking it was abandoned. Pretty soon all its siblings, good for nothing cousins and mooching friends showed up. Next thing you know they're getting into the beer fridge out in the barn, running an extension for cable TV and driving up their overpriced rural electric co-op bill. Now they're running a chop shop for stolen farm implements and bikes in the barn -- the cleanest chop shop you've ever seen. I mean, they wash everything. I'm so outraged I'm going up there this weekend to see if I can find a few spare wheels, handlebars and saddles.
__________________
Originally Posted by making View Post
Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
Siu Blue Wind is offline  
Old 12-24-17, 09:58 AM
  #24  
Siu Blue Wind
BACK2ME
 
Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 12,826
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1555 Post(s)
Liked 44 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Private eyes were watching me during my recent bike tour across PA.
Those look a lot like possums?
__________________
Originally Posted by making View Post
Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
Siu Blue Wind is offline  
Old 12-24-17, 10:03 AM
  #25  
Shimagnolo
Senior Member
 
Shimagnolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Zang's Spur, CO
Posts: 8,739
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1541 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 15 Posts
True story: I had a co-worker who always had a couple cats, so there was a cat door in the back door into the kitchen. One evening she heard the cats in the kitchen growling/hissing. She went into the kitchen to find a baby raccoon helping its self to the cat food dish, while more baby raccoons were being pushed through the cat door by the adult raccoons (who were too large to fit through the door). And the cats were too scared of the raccoons to even get close to them.

Last edited by Shimagnolo; 12-24-17 at 10:35 AM.
Shimagnolo is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.