Thursday, April 23, 2009
Mother and Child
With all Tuesday's rain, I did my lake excursion by car. As I came up over a rise, here was a raccoon coming along the side of the roadway. Being a nocturnal creature, I figured this poor thing to be rabid. I thought I'd get off a few quick shots before calling environmental police.
But something in its behavior was wrong. It was quickly moving away from me. A rabid animal might not have acted so naturally.
Then I noticed the little something in its mouth. Here was mother raccoon moving one of her children. I estimate her little one to be about two weeks old.
I must offer apologies for the shots. Auto-focus was turned off from some earlier photos (sigh...), and I was shooting one-handed without the viewfinder while driving. I did feel bad disturbing her and her little one but I don't think I put them out too much. Our whole encounter lasted less than a minute or two before she was over the wall and out of sight.