Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Raccoon in a tree

This is a photo of a raccoon coming down out of a tree. He He is getting ready to walk to dinner.

When we walk to dinner from our condo in the Playa Langosta area of Tamarindo, we often find ourselves walking along side raccoons who are walking to their dinner in the lobby of the nearby Capitan Suizo Resort. I have previously shown photos of the raccoons lounging around the hotel lobby, where food is set out for them. I had not shown a photo of a raccoon in more of his natural environment.

The raccoons leave people alone. I am fine with the Capitan Suizo putting our food for them in dog dishes. It satisfies the raccoons and they do not need to forage for food in trash when they get all they want of much better food. I was initially surprised to see raccoons in Costa Rica, as I think of them as northern, woodsy animals, but they do very well even in tropical forests.

The species most common in Costa Rica is called the Northern Raccoon. Males travel alone, leaving the child rearing responsibilities to females, who will travel with their offspring.

This week we are showing photos of the Maasi and Ngorongoro Crater on out travel photo site, Viva la Voyage.

10 comments:

Sharon said...

I remember seeing these little guys waddling along the road when I was there.

Tracy said...

They feed them like dogs, huh? That's interesting. They can be little beggars. We were camping one year at Lake Martinez, and we had one that would beg for food like it was the family dog.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

a twinkle in this raccoon's eye

Leif Hagen said...

Those rascals are everywhere!

gogouci said...

The coons we have in our area are not so nice and cute. Mostly they hiss and chase our cats.

Lois said...

Nice shot! I have problems with them coming into my backyard and taunting my cat through the window at night. I like them much better than the armadillos though.

Jacob said...

We have a lot of raccoons in Florida...but they are usually treated as nuisances...and some have been found to be rabid. They also bite!

When we lived in Pennsylvania they would come up our back steps (about 50 steps), open our closed garbage cans and tear everything apart. What a mess - especially in the winter!

glenda said...

He looks as though he is just leaving to go get his free dinner.

Bergson said...

big brothers's raccon

;-))

magiceye said...

that was lovely and interesting

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