Ever since I watched my mother rehabilitate and care for a disfigured baby raccoon when I was a youngster, I have had a strong fascination with those furry little creatures.
They’re so adorable when they eventually leave their nest with their mother for the first time.
They reach early adolescence and eventually start growing large coats of spotted and marbled hair. They follow behind their mother closely and watch with fascination as she digs for frogs and rodents. Some people don’t care for raccoons, despite the fact that I think they’re beautiful creatures. I’m not actually bothered that a small family of raccoons is staying sizzling in my crawl area as my region sees record breaking lows this nippy season. They never are able to get into my trash and it’s obvious they’re under there trying to endure the temperatures that are 20 below zero. Since I have radiant heated flooring, they are able to feel some of that heat standing below the dwelling. Granted, most of the heat is rising from the floors and going in the opposite direction, however still creates a thermal bubble below that dwelling that further insulates the building from the frosty Winter environment. Not to mention the lifesaving effect it is having on that family of raccoons as they brace themselves for the most brutal Winter we have ever had in this particular area. I truly hope whatever little bit of heat from my radiant heated floors reaches them as they rest below my dwelling. I wonder if other pets have chosen to crawl under my dwelling along with the raccoons. I don’t wish for an infestation of rodents by any means, however for now the raccoons aren’t actually harming anyone, let alone my dwelling and I.