Saw the wierdest thing today! I was walking home from some errands, and took a longer route as it was really, really nice out. (I’ll have to make a comic about the other thing that happend that day later). I was rounding around behind the local home depot, and I see an animal scoot his way up a phone pole, and I had to stop and just stare at this little chub chub, because it was completely unfamiliar to me. My first thought was a possum, but the head was far too small. My brain suggested Australia, but that wasn’t right for many, many reasons. When I got close enough to look up at him, I noticed the mask, and it dawned on me-
this was a raccoon. A raccoon with short fur. Roommate and one of my friends suggested maybe it was mange, but upon googling it, I don’t think so. His pattern was there and obvious, right down to the tail, which doesn’t seem to be the case when the fur is gone. It was young for sure, about half size, and had a healthy wariness and a nice belly without being fat, so he seemed healthy otherwise.
Nature! Full of surprises!