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Tanya: "Wauuuughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!"
Joel (from downstairs): "Are you ok?"

Ok, I've now seen a raccoon. It was ENORMOUS and it had NO FEAR WHATSOEVER. Like, I ran at it to make it leave, and it DIDN'T. It turned around and faced me down, and then it left on its own terms. And Joel locked up the cat door just in time for it to change its mind and try to come back in again. When that didn't work, it walked over to the window and started clawing at the window screen with its little hands. We shone a firesword (this is a ridiculously bright flashlight) at it and it wasn't deterred at all; it came back to the cat door and tried hard to break through and get back in. And then -- this is the bit where I just about lost my shit -- it climbed up the fire escape ladder as nimbly as a monkey, presumably to try the windows of the apartment upstairs.

Did I mention that it was enormous? And fearless in a way that animals mostly aren't? We're mildly concerned about rabies and will be keeping the cats in for a while. And we've barricaded and taped closed the cat door, because a little plastic lock is not keeping that thing out.

The other best bit? It wasn't like it had just come in the door: when I met it, it was on its way up the stairs from the bedroom. It must have walked right past where I was coding in the living room, gone through the kitchen, detoured in the bathroom to chew on the toilet paper, then headed downstairs to see what Joel was up to. MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME, RACCOON. DON'T MIND US.

Oh, it's back. It's trying to get in. I'm actually kind of freaked out now.

Date: 2012-11-03 12:14 pm (UTC)
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Gyeargh. Sorta cute (in pictures) animal in house? Aww and oooh new animal, quick, get a photo! Wandering around for a while? Hmm, annoying, get the hell out now thanks, preferably before you excrete on my Stuff. But rabies? I never even thought about rabies. I never have to. Thank you for strict animal quarantine, Ireland!

Date: 2012-11-03 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Does the racoon want to find some power and net so it can post to twitter to say that it survived the storm?

Animal control or similar might be able to get you one of those humane traps, put it on the inside of the cat flap so the next time it comes in it's trapped and can be taken on a nice holiday to the countryside?
I suspect animal control around you is a little busy (along with everyone else) right now though :/


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