West Seattleite goes into ‘MacGyver mode,’ rescues raccoon

July 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm | In West Seattle news, Wildlife | 97 Comments

Caught in a fence – how to get down? When Patrick Abdo saw that little raccoon stuck in his not-at-home-at-the-time neighbor’s fence, he decided action was in order. Photos too. Six more images, and Patrick’s first-person story, explain what happened next – after the jump:

This happened last Wednesday, and Patrick happened to be telecommuting that day.

My wife and I awoke to a squawking noise around 6 am. It sounded similar to a blue jay. So we thought nothing of it. But 40 minutes later, the squawking continued. I thought maybe it was mating season for blue jays. I went downstairs to log into work and my wife headed off to her job.

I came upstairs around 9:30 am and the same animal noise continued but then I realized it was a distress call.

I headed to north side of our property (37th, between Graham and Morgan). Between the bushes and trees I finally saw two little animal paws wedged between the fence slats. I peered over and there was a baby raccoon (four or five pounds) hanging upside-down.

He was doing his impression of a opossum. Since I was wearing gloves and a jacket I attempted to lift him to free his legs. He was having none of that. Plus I think his little legs and feet were a bit swollen.

I grabbed a broom, leaned over the fence and held it near him so he could try to pull himself up. Amazingly he understood what I was trying to do. But he was exhausted and just hung on to rest.
So then I went into MacGyver Mode.

I grabbed a small wooden table and my trusty Black & Decker cordless drill. I headed over to the neighbors’ side (they were on vacation). I used one of their wooden patio chairs and another small table. I stacked the two small tables on top of the chair against the fence. The little guy was grateful for the leaning tower of patio furniture. As he rested, he eventually moved to the left enough so I could quickly loosen the top two screws of the board. I pulled it back and he freed his legs.

Halfway through the rescue operation his mother came within 10 feet of me to supervise.

She chattered a little and then climbed the fence for a closer look.

Then once his legs were freed she encouraged him to climb over into my yard.

It took him about three minutes to pull himself over because he was wiped out. While they were on the ground on my property the mother peered at me through the fence as if to say “thank you.” It was quite the moment. Then she climbed over a three-foot wide section of fence (perpendicular to my house and the main fence). I had to run around the house and remove a small board to allow the little guy to slip through and follow his mom.

It was hilarious watching him waddle after her. She made a clucking noise as if scolding him to keep up and stay close.

(Thanks to Dave B for the tip about Patrick’s amazing pix!)

97 Comments

  1. Way to go Patrick!

    Comment by Alison — 3:55 pm July 5, 2011 #

  2. Well done. Although I must add you should check your clothes for fleas or ticks as Raccoons can carry some nasty diseases that way.

    Comment by Jim P. — 3:57 pm July 5, 2011 #

  3. that’s wonderful…as much as people dislike raccoons, I’m sure that we’re all glad you helped this little fella out :)

    Comment by JanS — 4:00 pm July 5, 2011 #

  4. So awesome! What a great story with great photos.

    Comment by S5 — 4:04 pm July 5, 2011 #

  5. This is the absolute BEST thing I’ve heard all day. What a great story!!! So now, when the raccoons make me a bit crazy ripping up my sod, I will think of this and smile. MUCH nicer than my mean face (I think) ;) Thanks Patrick!

    Comment by One More Opinion — 4:06 pm July 5, 2011 #

  6. THANK YOU for your kindness. This is good person.

    Comment by AO — 4:07 pm July 5, 2011 #

  7. Fabulous story and great photos. Thanks for reaffirming my faith in human kind – any suffering creature deserves our help. Good for you, Patrick!

    Comment by LAintheJunction — 4:10 pm July 5, 2011 #

  8. Aww…what a cute little raccoon. Great work, Patrick!

    Comment by j — 4:13 pm July 5, 2011 #

  9. You are a good egg. Thanks for the photos, my kids will love this story.

    Comment by Arbor Heights Mom — 4:20 pm July 5, 2011 #

  10. Nicely done!
    .
    In the movie version of this, the raccoon hacks off his own paw, hikes out to get help, and continues life merrily with a prosthetic limb and a cushy book deal. :-)

    Comment by cjboffoli — 4:23 pm July 5, 2011 #

  11. What a great story! Good job – thanks for saving our wildlife!

    Comment by pam — 4:24 pm July 5, 2011 #

  12. They’re just bigger rats with bigger tails, teeth claws and bite.

    Comment by Jiggers — 4:25 pm July 5, 2011 #

  13. So cute!

    Comment by JLawrence — 4:27 pm July 5, 2011 #

  14. Heart warming! Thank you for your kindness.

    Comment by Shari Kruse — 4:37 pm July 5, 2011 #

  15. rad!

    Comment by waman — 4:41 pm July 5, 2011 #

  16. Our beloved cats and dogs carry fleas and ticks too, Mr. Jim P.

    I <3 this story and photos. :-D

    Comment by pigeonmom — 4:44 pm July 5, 2011 #

  17. what a delightful story! love the pictures and mama racoons reaction

    Comment by wren — 4:48 pm July 5, 2011 #

  18. Thank you!

    Comment by funkietoo — 4:49 pm July 5, 2011 #

  19. this is the best story of the day! way to go Patrick!! love, love the pictures.

    Comment by andrea — 5:04 pm July 5, 2011 #

  20. Way to go, dude ! It’s nice to see noble acts done in service of the wildlife around us. Well done, sir. Oh, and the pix are excellent, as well.

    Comment by petert — 5:14 pm July 5, 2011 #

  21. You’re a peach!

    Comment by islewrite — 5:34 pm July 5, 2011 #

  22. That is just the sweetest thing I have read in a long time!! Thank you for being a truly wonderful and compassionate person Patrick!! It warms my heart to know that there are still good people out there!

    Comment by breezygirl — 5:45 pm July 5, 2011 #

  23. Best.story.ever. Nice job!

    Comment by GenHillOne — 5:59 pm July 5, 2011 #

  24. Nicely done! You should get best person of the week award! :)

    Comment by TDe — 6:08 pm July 5, 2011 #

  25. Hi Patrick, This is great. The pictures are so neat. You really are a sweet gentle soul and this proves it.

    Comment by Teta — 6:21 pm July 5, 2011 #

  26. Very nice…I love that the Mom “Thanked” you.

    Comment by RJB — 6:35 pm July 5, 2011 #

  27. It is heart-warming to read that there are good people like Patrick out there. Raccoons are extremely intelligent and very nice animals. They are not related to rats and will not bite if you treat them with kindness, respect, and sensitivity. In a forested area of Michigan I began to feed a wild raccoon and she would eat the food in my lap while I would pet her. Later she would bring her babies to visit and they would climb around on me. Once she left them with me to babysit and disappeared in the woods for 45 minutes–later returning to get them. Once she accompanied me to the kitchen and as I opened the refrigerator and each cupboard she would stand on her hind legs and sniff the contents. Eventually 27 raccoons –including three families were coming out of the forest each night to eat. They are omnivorous but mostly they liked cooked meat and I fed them dog food so they got good nutrition. I was never bitten and never got fleas. Once I tried to separate two raccoons who were fighting and one turned and growled at me so I left them alone. Another time a baby sniffed my bare leg and then opened his mouth for a taste, but pulled back as soon as I said, “Hey!”–he was only a little confused about where the food stopped and I began. It is not a good idea to let them lick honey off your fingers as I used to do because any warm-blooded animal can have rabies. But there is no need for the fear some people have of raccoons. They are not agressive, but are well-equipped to defend themselves. Just move slowly and talk softly to them. After a visit, all I had to do is walk to the door with them and they would leave.

    Comment by Brian — 6:37 pm July 5, 2011 #

  28. I love this! Way to go!

    Comment by Dc — 6:59 pm July 5, 2011 #

  29. Good job!

    Comment by Bonnie — 7:05 pm July 5, 2011 #

  30. And you didn’t even have to use duct tape!

    Comment by Lacey — 7:12 pm July 5, 2011 #

  31. What a wonderful, wonderful story. Thank you so very much for sharing, Patrick, and for your generous efforts to help the little guy. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have gotten choked up at this – so glad it had a happy ending! This month’s West Seattle Humanitarian Award should go to you (one should be created just for this kind of thing!).

    Comment by Trileigh — 7:22 pm July 5, 2011 #

  32. Poor little guy. What a sweet story!

    Comment by AJP — 7:27 pm July 5, 2011 #

  33. Indeed, a very kind, noble gesture for one of our woodland creatures. What a great story and photos, I love that Patrick found a way to prop the little guy up while helping to free him/her — a place to rest and to also avoid a fall once freed. Very clever! Nice work Patrick!

    Comment by Tuwanda — 7:51 pm July 5, 2011 #

  34. Why are you feeding wild animals Brian? Lordy.

    Comment by Jiggers — 8:02 pm July 5, 2011 #

  35. You are a hero! I am very impressed that you chose to handle this situation in such a humane way!

    Comment by MsEvelyn — 8:27 pm July 5, 2011 #

  36. Great story. People’s concern for the well-being of animals is part of what makes Seattle a very special place.

    Comment by DP — 8:43 pm July 5, 2011 #

  37. I loved the story and pictures so much, I read it three times. Patrick is wonderful!!!

    Comment by Stacie — 8:51 pm July 5, 2011 #

  38. Patrick you are a very very good guy. And the leaning tower of patio furniture to allow the little guy to catch his breath while you figured out what to do next is inspired. Glad this all turned out so well.

    Comment by JoanE — 9:09 pm July 5, 2011 #

  39. Thank you Patrick! It is so nice to see that others care.

    Comment by Marianne — 9:19 pm July 5, 2011 #

  40. Yay :) Thanks Patrick!

    About three years ago we had a big, tail-less one hanging out in our huge poplar tree. It would come home in the morning around 5:30 and climb the tree, then some mornings would climb back down just after my son had taken off for school. Then one morning my son text-messaged me a photo of the little guy — who was following him as he walked to school! He watched me plant tomatoes in my garden one day soon after that, perched on a low limb of the tree taking notes! We never (intentionally) fed him, but after that he became my son’s “pet” raccoon, until the day my son and his friends left their opened boxes of Girl Scout cookies on the front porch and returned to find his wild pet munching away! They shooed him out of the yard and my son decided they couldn’t be friends after all! That raccoon lived up in our tree for at least another several months, but then disappeared. Ever since, I have truly missed seeing him waddle into the back yard and climb the tree every morning, like clockwork.

    Comment by moji — 9:21 pm July 5, 2011 #

  41. Patrick you are my hero!

    Brian I am an animal lover too and once fed the raccoons as you did until I realized I was doing them a disservice. By making them not afraid of humans and looking to humans for food you endanger them. Eventually they are going to come in contact with a human who does not think them as sweet and cute as we do and this is when humans tend to kill or trap and relocate them. Also Raccoons in the wild don’t come together in big groups so when you are feeding so many they can then spread diseases to one another. In WA there has never been a reported case of rabies in a Raccoon but they do carry other diseases. When you get bit by one, which I did when hand feeding one…she was pregnant and grumpy so I forgave her…and you go to the emergency room they tell you that most likely you are fine but to be sure they either have to capture the raccoon and kill it to examine it’s brain to see if it had rabies or you have to get the rabies shots. I chose the shots just to be sure. Not cheap. Anyway, my point is that no matter how much we love them it’s best to love them at a distance.

    Comment by Jennifer — 9:22 pm July 5, 2011 #

  42. Beautiful story, beautifully narrated and illustrated! I just walked my 10 year old daughter and 3 year old son through it and we had a special family moment. Thanks!

    Comment by 35this35mph — 9:27 pm July 5, 2011 #

  43. I’ve seen a few raccoons around here in the very early mornings. They are very shy and quiet. Stray or even some pet dogs off a leash are much more dangerous.

    Comment by cj — 9:33 pm July 5, 2011 #

  44. wow!
    Great photos! I really Love the story! McGyver & Steve Irwine would be proud of this story!

    Comment by Noelle — 10:14 pm July 5, 2011 #

  45. Makes me want to re-read Sterling North’s Rascal.

    Comment by Neighborly — 10:27 pm July 5, 2011 #

  46. Great work and great story Patrick:)

    Comment by Been There — 10:28 pm July 5, 2011 #

  47. Cool story! But I wish the city or someone would help West Seattle get a handle on these filthy varmints! My flowerbeds are full of their feces and we have several in our neighborhood that look rabid. Sickly, open wounds and lots of hissing. They don’t look healthy at all but the city told us there is no rabies cases here. I’m started to doubt just how much we know about these animals. I can’t even garden because my soil is so contaminated.

    Comment by justme — 10:46 pm July 5, 2011 #

  48. JustMe, have you already looked up information about “raccoon latrines” and how to handle them? I remember a discussion along those lines here the last time we had a story focused on raccoons, couple years ago. If you haven’t, I can dredge that up for links … TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:51 pm July 5, 2011 #

  49. The 2 above comments were added while I was writing the below comment..

    I thought raccoons were bad. Among other things, they carry disease, kill/eat small pets (like cats, dogs, and fish), and cause thousands of dollars in damage to homes. I have not had good interactions with raccoons and I have heard the same from many other WS residents, some experiences have been shared on this blog in the forums and main page.

    Comment by chet — 10:58 pm July 5, 2011 #

  50. I love this story! Way to go, Patrick–you are a hero. And the little guys are adorable.

    Comment by JJ — 11:12 pm July 5, 2011 #

  51. Phat your the best!!!! I love the storyline here… Knew you had a big heart just didn’t know how big!! bet J’s proud of you!!! You deserve it!! ATAABOY!! :-) I’m sure the raccoon momma said PUNA HVALA!

    Comment by Kristen — 11:19 pm July 5, 2011 #

  52. Raccoon myths, true or false? I have reviewed some of the lists … this one seems pretty objective. The last one lists benefits.
    http://www.ranchoraccoon.org/top2/aboutraccoons.html#mythsfacts

    Comment by WSB — 11:20 pm July 5, 2011 #

  53. What a wonderful story, especially in light of the horrible news that (seems) to be going around. Way to *think*, act and save. :)

    Comment by Beth — 11:35 pm July 5, 2011 #

  54. This made my day! Thank you for going out of your way to help a little guy. It’s great when we can coexist with nature. I’m sure mom knew you were helping. And how ingenious of you! I like the leaning tower of patio furniture idea. I bet baby slept for a long time after that ordeal.

    Comment by Jean — 11:55 pm July 5, 2011 #

  55. Thanks for the adorable pics and your humane kindness. It made the world a slightly better place to live today.

    Comment by transplantella — 12:55 am July 6, 2011 #

  56. Last fall, there were often sounds coming from the neighbor’s yard at 4am. They had hired a trapper to catch raccoons and possums that they said lived under their house. The guy running the trap line said he killed 15 of them at her house over a month or two.

    Comment by Juni — 8:12 am July 6, 2011 #

  57. I love this story! I have not ever had the pleasure of seeing a raccoon out in the wild, nor wander through my property. Even though they are around. But if you want to enjoy some good video of a raccoon from birth to now, check out WILLY on youtube. That little rascal is a handful, and so darn cute! I don’t know Willy, only from youtube, and not sure I would want to. He gets quite grumpy at times, but his human, knows his moods and how to handle him. AND he has free run of everything!

    Comment by Jody — 8:29 am July 6, 2011 #

  58. …and I married this guy! Patrick is humbled and overwhelmed by all of your kind words. Being that we have two indoor/outdoor cats, we are usually “on the fence” when it comes to raccoons. His actions showed his true character in everyday life and I know that all of you would do the same thing as we share this land with wildlife. This was a very rewarding experience for him.

    Comment by Jojo — 8:35 am July 6, 2011 #

  59. Juni,

    Someone did the same thing in my neighborhood, just to protect their new sod/lawn. I don’t get these selfish idiots who think it’s their right to control the population of wild creatures that the majority of people enjoy. Plant natives, not genentically altered grass from the midwest for crying outloud.

    Comment by JB — 9:46 am July 6, 2011 #

  60. Aw! My daughter and I loved this story and the photos. Good on ya, Patrick!

    Comment by MaryP — 10:17 am July 6, 2011 #

  61. You’re the man! I agree we would’ve all done the same thing. I like to beleive people have a big heart for our local wildlife. Granted there are those few that like to beleive we’re no. 1 on the evalution food chain and we have the right to kill anything that disrupts our life.

    Comment by Cowpie — 10:57 am July 6, 2011 #

  62. As much as they are destructive and unwanted by some, they do not deserve a painful slow death. THank you for preventing that.

    Comment by Scoutmom — 11:05 am July 6, 2011 #

  63. Actually, Jiggers, raccoons are more closely related to seals, bears, and even dogs than to rats…

    Comment by datamuse — 11:18 am July 6, 2011 #

  64. “Our beloved cats and dogs carry fleas and ticks too, Mr. Jim P.”

    Possibly yours do but mine do not. Or not for long.

    Regardless, are you familiar with the term “disease vector”? Ticks and fleas on wild animals can carry:

    Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
    Bubonic Plague (known colloquially as the Black Death)
    Several other plague variants including Pneumonic (The literal source of “coughing your lungs out”, a truly ugly way to die.)
    Lyme Disease
    Typhus
    Bartonella (Not related to the street..grin)
    http://www.ehow.com/about_4580124_which-diseases-do-fleas-carry.html

    Anaplasmosis
    Tularemia
    http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/

    It’s a jungle out there and there’s a lot of stuff waiting for the right host to come along.
    Very few wild anaimals are parasite and pest-free.

    I’m not demeaning his good deed, just cautioning people to take precautions if you do encounter such a situation so you don’t bring death and sickness to your family as a reward. (The gods have a very cruel sense of humor in such things. Lyme disease can hide in you for many years before it shows itself and the diagnosis is tricky.)

    Not to mention possibility of rabies and a few other nasties if he had been bitten by either critter.

    Comment by Jim P — 11:18 am July 6, 2011 #

  65. Several months ago this exact same thing happened in my front fence! We came home from a movie one night and let the dog out. She went right into her “raccoon barking” mode. We figured out there was a family of four juvies and an adult. One of the kittens must have gotten startled by the barking because it was stuck just like this one in this story. After waiting to see if the mom could help, we had to take action. The mom waited on the other side of the fence and the rest of the juvies were watching me from above in a tree. With my arm wrapped in a towel, I pucked the little guy out of the fence by its toes and dropped it on the other side of the fence. Mom and kitten were quickly reunited and there was much relief from all parties. Thanks for sharing your story with the pictures.

    Comment by CC in Highland Park — 11:35 am July 6, 2011 #

  66. Way to go Patrick – what a heart warming story! I’ve worked with injured/orphaned raccoons before and they can be quite feisty! But it sounds like this one knew you were trying to help. Seriously, this made my day :-)

    Comment by Jenny DB — 11:43 am July 6, 2011 #

  67. Thank you Patrick for caring about the little creature. And thank you for doing something about it.

    Comment by Gary Austin — 12:16 pm July 6, 2011 #

  68. Look folks, I am Patrick’s brother in law and all of this attention and these “pats” on the back are going to make him IMPOSSIBLE to live with!

    Just kidding!!!
    Good job Pat!

    Comment by John Morovich — 1:50 pm July 6, 2011 #

  69. I love you for this and I don’t even know you! It’s so refreshing to read of someone helping a wild animal instead of causing it harm. Thank you!

    Comment by Peggy F. — 1:55 pm July 6, 2011 #

  70. A big thank you from Australia! That was a wonderful act of kindness, and you’re a wonderful bloke for having helped out the little critter.

    Comment by Lori Boren — 3:30 pm July 6, 2011 #

  71. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!
    You people praising Patrick for helping the raccoon down from the fence. He should have called animal control to have the raccoon removed along with all the others that destroy our property in West Seattle.
    “So Cute” is it cute when they eat the fish out of our pond that we have spent hard earned money on?
    “Great Work, way to go, you’re the best” What is wrong with you people, these creatures tear up the gardens, eat our vegetables, and scare our young children with the hissing and growling. Patrick should have called animal control, and then he would have my praise.

    Comment by Dave — 3:47 pm July 6, 2011 #

  72. Thank you thank you thank you! You’re wonderful for doing this!!

    Comment by Kindree — 4:21 pm July 6, 2011 #

  73. This is a great story, thanks so much for sharing!

    Comment by kim — 5:27 pm July 6, 2011 #

  74. Patrick, you rock! Seriously, it is so nice to read a story like this one. Thanks for being who you are, and for making the world a better place — especially for that little masked guy.

    Comment by Domino — 5:46 pm July 6, 2011 #

  75. Dealing with a raccoon latrine is nasty business.
    They can also climb up your siding and remove shingles with their oh so dexterous claws. God forbid they get into your house/crawlspace/garage and nest.

    Do us all in WS a favor and don’t interact with them. Spray them with water, make loud noises and discourage comfort around humans.

    Comment by Walnut — 5:51 pm July 6, 2011 #

  76. Seriously, Are you kidding!! Lets set up a “save the raccoon booth” this weekend at the street fair. We can all contribute, so everyone can have bowls of cat food on your porches for them to eat, then you can see them everyday destroying your property. I have never seen so much support for something so destructive.

    Comment by Dave — 6:07 pm July 6, 2011 #

  77. Walnut- Finally, someone with some sense.

    Comment by dave — 7:43 pm July 6, 2011 #

  78. Nice save, Patrick! :D

    Comment by Joan — 7:57 pm July 6, 2011 #

  79. You made my day!

    Comment by Quilter — 8:48 pm July 6, 2011 #

  80. I’m glad this turned out well, though I probably would have called Animal Control to release the little guy. I actually like the raccoons (and all our W.S. wildlife), but I strongly urge people to never feed or interact with them. It just socializes the animals to all humans, prompting them to cause more damage, and eventually someone, usually a person who fears animals, gets bitten or otherwise injured; then the critter has to be removed or destroyed. Just raccoon-proof your yard as much as possible, and watch them from afar. If any animal is in trouble, call Animal Control or Fish & Wildlife, and let the experts handle it.

    Comment by Ray West — 5:40 am July 7, 2011 #

  81. Anyone who liked this story should watch “Pom Poko” by Studio Ghibli (The same studio did “My Neighbor Totoro”)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom_Poko

    http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Pom-Poko/70035036

    Nice work Patrick!

    Comment by Dan — 9:55 am July 7, 2011 #

  82. It wasn’t long ago that most raccoons were pretty nocturnal. Lately I’m seeing one in the middle of the day, but we’re sure she had babies, so she must need to find food in the daytime too.

    Comment by artsea — 2:30 pm July 7, 2011 #

  83. Any living thing is entitled to live according to their nature.They were here first and destroyed their habitat. Love it or leave.

    Comment by Jim & Deana — 3:08 pm July 7, 2011 #

  84. Pat, you are a thuper hero in the animal world. Let me know your height and I’ll make you a cape so you can fly around WS saving wildlife and helping little old raccoons cross the streets safely. You should also learn the calls of the wild too so you can tell the difference between a happy blue jay and a young raccoon in distress. Good job “Father Nature”. FYI, I don’t think Dave likes raccoons.

    Comment by George — 4:42 pm July 7, 2011 #

  85. Actually, there’s some indication that there were few if any raccoons in this area prior to its becoming urbanized. Like coyotes, raccoons get along really well in urban environments. Unsecured garbage and leaving pet food outdoors are a couple of major contributing factors.

    Comment by datamuse — 4:48 pm July 7, 2011 #

  86. This gives rise to an entirely different story idea … wildlife in this area over the ages. Wonder if anyone has studied that extensively…

    Comment by WSB — 4:50 pm July 7, 2011 #

  87. Great job Patrick!!!
    I once walked a raccoon family (mom, dad, and 3 babies) across a busy Queen Anne street (stopping traffic) because the male was injured and couldn’t move very fast. He seemed to understand what I was doing and walked next to me about 5 inches away from my ankle (like he was heeling), mom & babies in front of us. When they got across, he turned and watched me walk back across the street, made a chirruping noise, and waddled away. I think about him every time I see a raccoon.

    Also, I just wanted to post an FYI for Washingtonians – there is no sanctioned trap and release of raccoons in this state. All raccoons trapped (even in humane traps) by critter removal in WA are euthanized. If they say they release in their ads, the main company is probably out of state (but the contractors are in this state and must follow state law). Please try to think of alternatives if removal is necessary.

    Comment by Heather — 4:54 pm July 7, 2011 #

  88. Way to go, excellent pictures. It cant be an easy for these animals as the city has grown up around their territory.

    For all those who harm animals, I hope one day a bear eats you

    Comment by anon — 9:56 am July 8, 2011 #

  89. We are driving in montana we are turning from yellowstone and have reviewed all comments. Yellowstone has great animals, not ratcoons. Dave rules

    Comment by 3 guys in a car — 11:05 am July 8, 2011 #

  90. Dave — I’m starting to wonder if you’re “David” who traps your neighborhood raccoons and then drowns them in your Koi pond. If you are, it’s one of the cruelest things you can do to another living soul. I wish you would feel more compassion and tolerance for a creature that’s been here long before humans arrived. And yes, raccoons are native species here.

    Comment by WS Suzanne — 12:52 am July 9, 2011 #

  91. My favorite part of this whole story was that he was “telecommuting” that day. Wasnt there an early afternoon Ms game that day??????

    Comment by drod — 8:42 am July 11, 2011 #

  92. wow, this is the best story that I ever ever heard in my whole life.
    Great Job. I really like them too, they are so cute.

    Comment by manny — 3:11 pm July 12, 2011 #

  93. Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing and saving the little guy!

    Comment by lunapark — 4:50 pm July 12, 2011 #

  94. What strikes me is that Patrick was compassionate enough to recognize a fellow creature in need of help. We’ve all experienced the challenges of living side-by-side with racoons, sometimes unpleasant and scary. Despite that, Patrick was able to connect with the animal and that is what it is all about. The beauty of his story is that most people would have stayed away out of fear or disgust. It is quite a metaphor for our human relationships.

    Comment by amom — 2:30 pm July 14, 2011 #

  95. Hi Folks:

    I am really overwhelmed by all of the kind words and responses regarding my encounter with the baby raccoon on June 29.

    I simply took action after seeing and hearing an animal in distress. I think most people would do the same thing.

    Had it been an adult raccoon in jeopardy then I would have called Animal Control. But I had to help the little critter immediately after I realized he/she was hanging and struggling for three-plus hours.

    And yes, in years past a few raccoons have littered our back lawn with their “output” after gnawing on our fig trees. But that’s life in the big city. (And figs will keep ya regular like that.)

    Comment by Patrick Raccoon Whisperer — 3:20 pm July 15, 2011 #

  96. I used to sit out with raccoons and yes i fed them. i di this for 10 yrs. the mom one time came to my back door, her name was buddie, and brought her babys for me to see. i would take care of 14 parents with babies. they trusted me 100%. then the bears started coming around the first time ever and I havent see raccoons at all in 3 yrs. do bears scare them off? I had named them all and they would know my voice, and come to me. I had names for all of them and pictures also. I just dont know where they went. Last Sept. Buddie brought out 3 babie and they looked like someone beat them. Breaks my heart. I miss them sooo much.

    Comment by Andrea Miller — 11:14 am July 20, 2011 #

  97. I am wondering how Patrick determined the gender of the “mom” and “little guy”?

    Comment by Kevin Leo — 2:36 pm August 3, 2011 #

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