Flashback Friday

“This home movie clip begs the question, why did we ever stop playing with baby raccoons? My husband found this vintage cute on YouTube where it says, “This is from a collection of 16mm home movies purchased at a flea market. It appears to be 1960s era Kodachrome.” -Megan M.

“Kodachro-oh-ome! You give us those nice bright colors, you give us the greens of summers, makes you think all the world’s sunny day. Oh yeah!”

If you don’t know what Kodachrome is, it was color camera film. And if you don’t know what camera film is, well, get offa my lawn! (shakes cane).

Lyrics by Paul Simon, and if you don’t know who that is then – gah.

Comments

  1. Republicou isso em O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

  2. Sharon Wilson says:

    Why did they stop playing with baby raccoons? Maybe because they bite?

  3. Just a word of caution (from personal experience) when hand-feeding any such animal: if you’ve been holding peanuts, ends of fingers smell like peanuts, and look like peanuts, so you could get chomped even if the squirrel or coon doesn’t mean to.

  4. We stopped playing with them when they started carrying rabies. Also rhea3 is right like all rodent-like beings they nip when they thing your fingers look like grapes.

  5. Especially because, once they hit puberty, they are even more likely to bite.
    On Animal Planet, I saw a clip of a more modern “pet raccoon”. It had gotten up into the ceiling level kitchen cabinets, and was destroying the contents -and the doors. The presumed owner could be heard giving off a string of “bleeps”

  6. Kodachrome is the best! It was my dad’s favourite film in the late ’60s and ’70s for slides. I wish they would still manufacture it…

    Oh, and the raccoon is nice, too…

  7. EqMCSquared says:

    Maybe when we found out about raccoon roundworms.

  8. Gorgeousness… Someone need to revive it.

    I love how the raccoon keeps dipping the foodies in water. (Trivia: The Swedish word for raccoon is ‘tvättbjörn’ – ‘wash bear’ – because it “washes” its food in water. :)

  9. The Original Jane says:

    Don’t forget rabies, salmonella and leptospirosis bacteria. And then there is the occasional cat or (usually) dog who gets the raw end of the deal in a nighttime fight when a raccoon comes into their fenced backyard.

    I think raccoon are cute, funny and very, very smart but I also know how destructive and dangerous they can be. We live in suburbia and we’ve dealt with them a lot in our backyard and under the house. Best to enjoy from a respectful distance. The babies are as cute as heck and the mommies are very aggressively protective.

    We had a backyard barbeque on our deck while it was still daylight and mommy came up onto the fence with her three babies and hissed and growled at us – as if we should get out of HER yard! Too funny. Of course we didn’t go anywhere near her or her precious babies. And watch out going into the yard at night to lock up the side gate – mommy will really get you then!

  10. They’re adorable, but they really don’t make good pets. :< They can tear your house apart if they get bored, and with those little hands, nothing's safe. It's like having a manic two-year-old that never gets tired and who can climb anything.

  11. My best friend’s grandparents’ cat lost his tail to a raccoon one night. :< They can really mess up a house pet.

  12. Sheesh, buzzkill, folks. Of course be cautious with any wild animal, and especially rabies, which is common in raccoons in some parts of the country.

    But I see the bebehs all the time in Central Park in the evenings, and they are Monsters of Cute. Grown-up racoons are too. An occasional stale roll does find its way from my lunch to the Burglar Brigade.

  13. As kids we watched raccoon moms and babes from our picture window to the back yard. We lived on the edge of a heavily wooded area and raccoons were abundant. My mom would put out day-old bread for them each night, along with fruit or veg scraps. (We also fed every other kind wild critter in the vicinity with special feeders and appropriate food.) We had so much fun watching them over the years!
    Fast forward 20 years…
    When I bought my first house I continued the feed-the-critters tradition. However…one morning I came out to the back yard after a night of torrential storms to find a gaping hole in my dormer and the roof near it. Apparently Racco McRackerson was a TAD upset he could not enter my home during the storm! Felt a little different about raccoons several hundred dollars later! :-)

  14. They come up on my deck and peer in to see if I have scraps for them – or maybe throw out a cat.

  15. The Original Jane says:

    I agree they are cute as can be.. But the difference between your story and the ones you think are buzzkill is that you get to go home and leave them in Central Park. We are in situations where you can’t get away from them.

  16. I wonder if he now wears a prosthetic hand. Babies don’t stay babies, unfortunately.

  17. phred's mom says:

    With sharp pointy bits.

  18. phred's mom says:

    When we would be camping at High Point State
    Park in northwest NJ, the raccoons would dart
    out from the woods around the picnic area and
    “vacuum” the ground under the table while we
    ate. They were remarkably well-mannered and
    would eat whatever was dropped and scamper
    back to the undergrowth to watch us. We called
    on all our self-restraint to not hand feed them,
    though the kids would deliberately drop bits.
    The critters especially loved Oreos.

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