Uh, we need to talk…

Look, I know you meant well. It was a thoughtful gesture; I mean that, really. And goodness knows, we were long overdue for an outing, seeing how cooped-up we all get during the rainy season.

But seriously, check the five-day forecast before planning the picnic, mmm-keh?

Better not put the galoshes away just yet, Aaron.



  1. Don’t struggle, Marvin, you’ll just sink deeper!

    (P.S. I’d add a cute-but-sad tag!)

  2. Katiedid says:

    *throws cat food and runs away*
    Ahhhh! Zombie raccoons!!

  3. marthava says:

    Main Entry: be·drag·gled
    Pronunciation: \bi-ˈdra-gəld; bē-\
    Function: adjective
    Date: 1727
    1 : left wet and limp by or as if by rain
    2 : soiled and stained by or as if by trailing in mud

  4. Wrecks143 says:

    What a face! So dejected! So muddy!

  5. ZOMG fingers and toes !!11!!111!!!!!!!!!!

  6. This is full of all kinds of awesome!

  7. *OMG, not ZOMG…sorry 😦

  8. i don’t know, he’s all, “give me some food, or you can say hello to my leetle fren…..”

  9. David Copercoon: Please Sir, can I have some more?

  10. awww… wook at dat sad wittle face…. I will feed you, mr. raccoon-sad-pants!

  11. Thank god I wasn’t there. I would have tried to hug him and ended up with rabies. He is the cutest thing ever. Ever.

  12. RR, I know the feeling. I worked with bebeh raccoons last summer and I vacillated between thinking they were the cutest things on earth and thinking they were the devil incarnate. They could go from adorable to Linda Blair in the blink of an eye. But you gotta love ’em!

  13. Calliope says:

    Aaaahh, cutest raccoon face ever! I just want to towel him off and give him a snack. But I know the cheeky little beggars are best left in the wild. 🙂

  14. “Can we get some towels over here please?”

    Their hands and feets look almost identical. That face is full of adorabuhls.

  15. @Saffron:

    Oh, I think ZOMG is perfect! Zombies, OMG!

  16. Mmm, wet raccoon smell! That’s gotta be pleasant!

  17. Aww makes me miss my old neighbours who lived in our chimney…

  18. @melissadesa-so cute! But a little scary too! 🙂

    I wish I saw more raccoons. Lately all I’ve been getting in terms of urban wildlife are stray kitties. Not that they aren’t totally awesome, but its sad to see so many stray cats and hard to keep up with all the catching and fostering. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS PEEPS!! 🙂

  19. You better come on in my kitchen, ’cause it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

  20. I laughed @RR cause that would have been me…first instinct is to wrap in a warm blanket..then he flips out.

    For this Pic… I imagine him with a yellow slicker hat and boots..his friend seems to like the rain more than his sad little self.

    Love Raccoons…for them its all about their belly. My kitty has a raccoon butt and tail. LOL
    Big butt with fluffy tail.
    “Rag doll cat”

  21. Little burgulars 😀 Living the life of crime…but cute.

  22. Resriechan says:

    1) @ mika : Good author choice & very CLOSE on the character choice….but I think you were going for “Oliver” “Please, sir, may I have some MORE?”

    2) and @ Barbara: thx for the lead in to/ for an earworm:

    “Come on-a my house….” (per Geo Clooney’s mudder, Rosemary….who hated the song until hearing no album would get cut without the song. Suddenly she decided she luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuved that –silly — song!!!)

  23. Duhhhh! Thanks Resriechan, I don’t know what is wrong with me my head is all over the place today!!!

  24. @ Resriechan: Rosemary was George’s aunt, not his mom. Aside from that, you are sheer perfection at all times.

  25. puddlepeppers says:

    I could put a rain-shelter over the grill
    and cook extra-smokey burglers for the little
    burglers cause I’m a fan of VAL.

  26. Resriechan says:

    (truly — no criticism intended; just yesterday I got Dire Straits tangled up with Steely Dan…S/D; D/S… who can keep all the ref’s organized at the same time???

    — AND I”M a reference librarian by CAREER!!!! 🙂

    Also FWIW the storylines of D. Copperfield & of Oliver certainly are tangle-able!!!!

  27. What a mug!!! ‘Coons have an awesomely high cute factor.

    A friend of mine lived in a tiny cabin up in the mountains. Raccoons would regularly get into her house and raid the fridge. One night she came home, flipped on the light, and had 11 pairs of eyes staring back at her…

    She plugged up the leaks after that.

  28. Awww, what a cutiepie! Come here, I will dry you off and cuddle with you! (if only for a brief moment until you try to claw my eyes out…)

  29. KatieKae says:

    Awhhnn… in a perfect world, I would scoop them up in a warm blanket and they wouldn’t rip my face off. I can’t resist those little masks.

  30. Hon Glad says:

    Rocky Racoon, This is a picnic table right? so where’s the Goddam food.

  31. 260Oakley says:

    Name that tune:
    (earworm alert if you get it)

    Someone left raccoons out in the rain
    I don’t think that I can take it
    ‘Cause they took my lunch and ate it
    And I’ll never have that cheese hoagie again.. agaaaiiinnn!

    Maybe I should stick with puns.

  32. 260Oakley = Macarthur Park by Richard Harris, what do I win?

  33. I think I just died and went to heaven… this picture is tooo moiche!!!

    Instant love raccoon 🙂

  34. 260Oakley says:

    Your prize: that musical gem running through your head for the rest of the day. No need to thank me.

  35. Look at those paws/feet/hands!

  36. skippymom says:

    @260Oakley, I love that song and hadn’t thought of it in a while, so thank you for the earworm. But why do I seem to have it in mind that it is widely thought to be one of the worst songs ever?
    (I own an old Richard Harris record that includes that song, and I will concede that most of the other selections on it are real junk.)

  37. Nads – LOL, the little ones were a bit grabby, but overall, not scary. : ) Mind you, when I first saw them, I was scared too.

  38. Well skippymom I don’t think it’s one of the worst song ever, but it is an extremely silly one, and thanks to 260Oakely it is indeed running through my head 🙂

    I will have to resort to my old trick and replace one song for another, hum hum:
    Show me the way to home
    I’m tired and I want to go to beed
    I has a little drink about an hour ago
    And it went right to my head ohhh…(repeat ad nauseam)

  39. Creepy little raccoon hands!!! Eek! (Cute tho.)

  40. Resriechan says:


    I claim the prize in advance of Mika!!! (sorry ’bout that). Not in righteous ownership; but in righteous indig — (sigh) nation!!! I did the “whole **CAKE** out in the rain” here on CO, just a coupla days ago. How DARE you???? Why, I ougghta…….

    (sputters on incoherently AND indignantly…..)

  41. Hey all I’m glad you enjoy the foto I took.

    The link to the ORIGINAL image is in the website of my comment.

    These raccoons are almost tame – living in the Stanley Park located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I used to feed them raw nuts and raw salmon…so you can imagine how friendly they will become if you treat them like friends. 🙂

    There are a couple old Chinese ladies that feed them eggs and other healthy foods every day. I say hi to them all the time, especially when the ladies are feeding the raccoons and petting them on their backs at the same time.

    I do not recommend being this close or friendly to just any wild animal. They are still wild, albeit tamed by constant influence from humans which have moved into their neighbourhood.

    Thanks again for showcasing my photo. Keep 35mm analog film alive !!! 🙂

  42. ah Vancouver, now I understand. The raccoon is saying: “just a cotton-pickin moment – you mean its sunny in February during the Olympics and NOW in March it decides to rain?”

    Yup, Vancouver weather is schizo.

  43. skippymom says:

    Nuts, salmon, eggs…if I move to that park, will people feed me those things? Throw in some broccoli and I’m there!

  44. Love his little feet- they look like miniature hands!

  45. Skippymom – I have the CD version of Camelot that features Richard Harris as King Arthur – it’s a spectacular album.

  46. 260Oakley says:

    Dear Resriechan: I’m sorry I inadvertently stole a slice of your multi-layered cake metaphor. The Devil’s Food made me do it.

  47. ??David Copercoon!!!!! LOL

  48. skippymom says:

    Kristabelle, many years ago I saw Richard Harris in Camelot in Boston. (swoon) That’s my second favorite musical, after The Fantasticks.

  49. Starlinguk says:

    Hey Fleur, you’ve just described the weather we had in North-West England this year.

  50. So, Skippymom, what do the simple folk do?

  51. awwww – such a woeful little face

  52. @27 JoHanna: Raid the fridge? They opened up the fridge to chow on what’s in there? They are crafty little thieves. THIEVES!

    I wonder if they like asparagus and brussel sprouts?

  53. skippymom says:

    Kristabelle, if I recall the lyrics correctly, they go on picnics in the rain with raccoons.

  54. Well, OBVIOUSLY. 😛

  55. 260Oakley – good job! You should not limit yourself to puns but branch out into varions forms of literary expression.

    I look forward to buying your novel/pun collection/documentary of raccoon social behaviors.

  56. @skippymom and Kristabelle – picnics with CAKE too.

  57. skippymom says:

    BB/VA, cake, indeed. But of course.

  58. Great intro nomtom, hilarious! “mmm-keh?” lol! Having another bad day and this totally cheered me up. And with all the talk of hugging this poor guy, I couldn’t help but think of the movie Elf. When he runs across a very grumpy raccoon and says “Does someone need a hug?” bloody scratching and biting ensues, on the raccoon’s part of course. This guy’s fore paws, it looks like he’s wearing rubber gloves!

  59. resriechan says:

    @ 260Oakley: “well, I suPPOSE I could forgive you. But JUST THIS ONCE!!!

    Whaddaya, think ye’re sumbuddy FUNNY ‘er sumpin’????”

    JK of course (*snicker* *snerk* JK again)

  60. These liddol guys are so adorbuhls even when they’re wet…..
    (they look so wet and miserabuhl, though;
    I hope the sun came out soon and dried them off…….) 🙂

  61. resriechan says:

    @ Rachael:

    (I’m blushing!!! Thanks for yer kind words! oops re Geo & Rosemary)

    Peace to all– INCLUDING 260Oakley (really!!!! 😉 )

  62. I meant to say: “they look so bedraggled and miserabuhl, though”
    (grumble, rastasfraz #$&%@**: I can’t even proof-read my own stuff today;
    just what is my problem???? $#@&**……CKK)

  63. Gabby Smith says:

    Oh, der wittle feet.

    Though I know from hard-earned experience that the closer you get, the less cute they can be. Up close you can hear the snarls and see the teeth, lol!

  64. kokobutterbuns says:

    Living on Vancouver Island (Victoria) we have some pretty cute raccoons too, but I never get the photo ops because I’m squealing too much. True awesomeness is captured in this photo.

  65. kokobutterbuns says:

  66. Baylisascaris! Baylisacaris! BAYLISACARIS!!!!!

    *runs aways screaming*

  67. Raccoons are to bears what gnomes are to people.