This is beyond adorable. Even better than “Muskrat Love” – Raccoon Love!
Note how gently the raccoon hugs the kitty, then strokes the kitty with one little paw – razor-sharp claws doing NO damage – and that the kitty is completely relaxed and unafraid. I can only assume these little dudes grew up together – and are proof that it CAN be done.
I had two raccoons on my front porch – they suddenly started coming every night, so I fed them. I know, I know – probably a bad idea, but one was very lame, and his mate watched over him, “protecting” the porch steps while he ate first. She never left his side – where were they to get food if I didn’t help? He couldn’t go far, and she wouldn’t leave him.
My cat was fascinated by them, and I was worried at first, having heard stories about how quickly raccoons could turn from cute to crazy. That wasn’t going to stop me from feeding these two, however, because they were so loyal to one another, because he could barely walk, and because they were extremely polite. They would come every day after sunset, and wait until I brought the food and water. If I was late coming home, they would be waiting at a polite distance – never ON the porch, but in front of the gate, where I could see them. They never shrank from my headlights turning into the driveway, either. After eating, they would sit for a while. I would tell them about my day, and finally they would waddle and limp off. I’m pretty sure they lived under the house.
My Siamese would sit on the porch railing and watch them eat cat food (she was fed in the house.) I noticed they started to communicate with little noises. Next thing I know, she has moved from the railing to the chair by the food bowls, inches away from them, but slightly above. Finally, she started eating with them, so I just put out extra food. She would wait to eat with her friends every evening. I had stopped being afraid, because it was so obvious that they liked each other.
As time went on, I would sometimes see them late afternoon, sitting on the porch with the cat. It’s unusual for raccoons to be out and about in the day time – which is why I am fairly sure they lived under the house, and just came out when the cat was around. I also began to notice my cat coming and going from under the house, which she had never done before – she had been strictly a house cat except for when she went out to answer the call of nature.
This went on for months. Then, he died. I heard his mate crying one evening – it was actually more of a clicking and chattering noise – and found her by his body. She followed him a short time thereafter. I found her because my cat was literally keening by her body (my cat also keened when “her” dog died, then went up on the roof for a week and wouldn’t come down, so crying over another friend did not surprise me.)
After the deaths of the raccoons, my cat became much closer to my other dog. I know this is not the norm, but I also know that those animals were friends. That’s why I’m sure that the two in the little video are also friends.
While I have always had cats and dogs who were everything from nodding acquaintances to soul mates, I would never recommend purposely putting raccoons and cats near one another! But I have heard other stories, and have friends who have had similar experiences with these adorable creatures.
It happens sometimes – friendship between different species – and when it does, it’s a lovely thing to see.
Now, if we as humans could look for our similarities instead of emphasizing our differences and fighting about them, maybe we, too, could forge unusual but lasting friendships.
In this season that begs for peace on earth and good will toward our fellow men, maybe a raccoon hugging a kitty is more than just adorable.
Maybe it is a profound example of what can be done if we put aside our differences.
Happy holidays to all!