My car proudly wears the “I brake for squirrels” bumper sticker I designed and sell through my shop, so that tailgaters will always know I will be stopping for anything that runs out in front of me and make them late for whatever in the hell it is they’re in such a hurry to get to. Driving habits that annoy me may be a future topic for me to cover when I have nothing else to post about, but I have another reason for whipping out a new post this morning….
I was driving to work last night, and not even half a mile from my house I encountered something running across the street, coming from the opposite end of the four lane road I was on. It was about the size of a smallish-medium dog, but the silhouette looked more like a cat. I hit the brakes, not knowing what the heck it was until it got right in front of my headlights just inches away from my front bumper!
It would have been certain death for Mr. Raccoon had I not caught him out of the corner of my eye and hit the brakes (Not to mention it wouldn’t have done the underside of my poor old car any good). Funny thing is… once I identified it as a raccoon, I quickly forgot about the near miss and began to get giddily excited over my very first live raccoon sighting!!! I didn’t even think we had the critters in my neighborhood!
Of the nocturnal trio of raccoons, skunks, and possums, I have now seen an unsquished, live version of each exactly once in my life. And it was just a couple weeks ago I saw my lone possum… I caught him on the security monitor above our receiving door, and took a peek out the door’s window to confirm what it was. According to one of our maintenance guys, that possum always hangs around the back of the store looking for soda cans to get a swig out of.
As for the skunk… that came a year ago also at work. On the lawn and garden patio, just prowling around looking for something good to eat. My boss was out there first and pointed him out to me. We watched him/her from a safe distance….
Maybe I should start making walks at night to capture cute critters other than squirrels on film….