"More Please"

Melinda Stewart Page

Leitchfield, KY., United States

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Every time I look at this photo it makes me think of the scene in “Oliver Twist” where little Oliver goes up with his bowl and asks “Please sir, may I have some more?” This Raccoon lady is one of the many wild ones that live right in the woods where we live. She had one little kit last Spring and raised her under our front porch. As soon as I would go out on the front porch to put food out for the many cats that have been dumped on us, she along with her little baby would come right out from under the porch to eat with the cats. Well she and baby were a little hoggish so I had no choice but to set out a pan for them as well. This wonderful creature will walk right up to me. If I put food in my hand, then she will be ever so careful to reach out to take hold of my hand and gently eat the cat food right from my hand all whilst holding on to my hand with both of paws. Raccoons have the most amazing soft paws that they use just like we use our hands. If she is eating out of the pan of food that I have put out for her she will let me pet her just like I would one of the cats. This beautiful girl is the same raccoon that is on my shoulder taking a cookie right out of my mouth that I use for my profile photo.That photo was taken in 2007 while she was still a juvie. She is one of the many descendants of a Raccoon that I rescued raised and released back into the woods as far back as 2003. How I miss that old girl, but she left such a legacy for me to enjoy. First she would bring up all her kits for me to meet every Spring. She somehow had conveyed to them that it was OK for either myself or my husband to reach out and touch them. “Mama Girl” as we called her did this every Spring until a couple of Summers ago one of the idiot drunks that come down here for the weekend ran over her and killed her. I have no idea just how many generations there are of hers out in these woods but so far just like clock work in the Spring, the mommas will start to bring up their new little wobbly toddlers on our back deck to eat and visit for a while. As should be expected at first most are very cautious around us but there has always been at least one tiny baby that just runs right up to me with a look on it’s face like “Hey, I remember you!” Last Spring if I was not putting out food fast enough to to satisfy this little tiny baby he would just climb right my leg and reach into the pan for himself. I must admit that I deliberately started to stall because I laughed so hard when the little imp would do that. He got a tad large for the leg climbing so now he just leaves the others where I have spread food on the deck and climbs up on the railing and waits for me to give him his own personal helping. Of course I do as he has trained me! LOL There are people that think that my husband and I are crazy for feeding the raccoons but to tell you the truth we both feel blessed. Probably way more information than any of you wanted to know but I have wanted to tell this story for a while now.
Photo taken off my front porch here in Leitchfield Ky. in the US.

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