Sunday, July 21, 2013 9:30:54 AM
Yes and no. It's a nursing female. Look close as she approaches the bowl and you`ll see her teets. But she does look thin. Maybe just come out of cold winter so her fat`s gone? or she`s just not good at foraging.
Another reason to think it was born in captivity. An escaped (or released) raccoon probably would be the best at foraging. Also, she seems quite comfortable with these cats. I agree, she could drat them up, but most wild raccoons don`t like being so close to other animals. That will usually run off the cats before eating, or wait until the cats aren`t there.
Sunday, July 21, 2013 6:40:21 AM
"lucky this is an adolescent. a full grown coon would gut the cats then eat their food. they don't much like competition." Yes and no. It`s a nursing female. Look close as she approaches the bowl and you`ll see her teets. But she does look thin. Maybe just come out of cold winter so her fat`s gone? or she`s just not good at foraging. Every species had at least one stupid member.
Sunday, July 21, 2013 4:55:03 AM
"Coons don't have a lot of saliva so they dunk their food in water. My pet coons did this with everything, even wet foods like apple and orange pieces." Not true about the saliva, Gerry. This is a common myth.
In the wild, Raccoon will often hunt for food in shallow water, like streams and ponds. This is known as "Dabbling". Raccoons enjoy this because the water moistens their front paws, making them more sensitive to touch. In captivity, Raccoons have no need to dabble, yet they still feel the instinctive urge to wet their hands while eating, so they often dunk their food in water (which is called "dousing") in order to recreate the dabbling that they do in nature.
@Cartunze, please read the above explanation and you will understand that what wild raccoons are doing and what captive raccoons are doing are two different things. Only captive raccoons douse their food.