Last night I set the wildlife cam up before dark, and left the kitchen door to the catio open so that my cats Manitou and Night Sky could enjoy the night smells and sounds for a while.
Usually there’s no nighttime wildlife action until much later, but around 9pm something guided me to get up and go check on things. First I noticed that the motion detector light was on, and looked to see if my cat Night Sky had been chasing moths again. Instead, he was intently looking at something that was on the other side of the door to the yard. I assumed it was one of the neighbor cats, and stepped forward to take a look through the window in the door.
To my surprise, there were two teenage raccoons literally at my feet. Raccoon #1 was trying to pull the rug under the door with his paws—the very same rug that I was now standing on. My toes were within inches of him.
Suddenly, Raccoon #2 looked up and saw me. His eyes opened wide, his body hunched and his fur puffed out a little. As an animal communicator I simultaneously felt horrified surprise and received a cartoon visual of round eyes with a big “O” for the mouth. The young raccoon’s emotions felt just like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar who realizes he’s in trouble. I sent feelings of reassurance and spoke softly to him as he slowly backed away.
Meanwhile, Raccoon #1 was still wrestling with the rug which had stopped moving (because I was standing on it). He did not immediately realize that something momentous was going on behind and above him. When he did look up and saw me looking down, he had the same reaction as his brother. And all this time Night Sky observed from his front row wildlife-viewing seat.
I hope you enjoy the video perspective that the wildlife cam captured from the sidelines. In the beginning it looks like Raccoon #2 is reaching to connect with Night Sky on the catio, but actually he was searching through the plants for snails and other tasty tidbits.
The Raccoon Kits came back later for some more playtime fun!
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.
Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.