Raccoon Capital of The World

Toronto Racoon Photos

The Grid, a fantastic free weekly newspaper in Toronto, recently did a cover story on raccoons called Midnight Marauders. In the article, The Grid called Toronto the raccoon capital of the world. I don’t know much about that, but I do know I that at my residence in Roncesvalles, just a few blocks from High Park, I not only only see, but interact with raccoons on a daily basis. These photos were all taken from my balcony. In these photos, there are times I am less than four feet away from each of the baby raccoons.
Toronto Raccoon Photos

It’s not too hard to tell there is a bit of a story with this photos. The story goes, my wife pointed out that there was a mother raccoon nursing some babies on the balcony below us (top photo). As I started taking photos and a video (below), the baby raccoons got a little scared and ran to their “safe place” which happened to be directly below our deck. As a result, these photos are of a bunch of scared baby raccoons running to the person they are scared of (me), rather than away. Slightly hilarious. I can tell you though, no raccoons were harmed in the shooting of these photos or video. At some point they just freeze, frightened, and I walk away to let them return to their safe place below our deck.

Toronto Raccoon Photos

Toronto Raccoon Photos
Toronto Raccoon Photos
Toronto Raccoon Photos
Toronto Raccoon Photos
Toronto Raccoon Photos
Toronto Raccoon Photos
Toronto Raccoon Photos

Below is a video of an exhausted mother raccoon nursing four baby raccoons.

As much of a nuisance as they are (they get into our garbage weekly), I have to say, they really are the most adorable things. I think it’s a shame we can’t domesticate them, I mean, my dog is cute too, and not much less a menace.

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