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For many years, I’ve had cats and given them 24-hour access to their dry food in a pan on pantry floor. And, although I have a cat door, I would often prop open the front door.
One day, barefoot and wearing shorts, I was standing at the open fridge when I heard unusual crunching in the pantry. I turned to see a raccoon enjoying itself. Armed with a large zucchini, I told it to leave. Non-pulsed, it continued to crunch. I posed menacing with my soft-fleshed instrument. Apparently aware of the limits of harm a zucchini (even a big one) could cause and knowing the power of its teeth, it looked at me as if I were silly and continued to crunch. I stepped towards it as I considered its teeth and my bare legs vs the effort it took to crunch cat food. I stopped and raised my voice. Very slowly, and looking annoyed, the raccoon sauntered down the hall, through the living room, and out the front door.
The raccoon’s curiosity overcame any fear it had over our encounter. Maybe it thought its mask disguised it as a cat and I wouldn’t notice!
Have you ever hoped you’d be unnoticed or recognized? Did it work?