This handsome raccoon was so busy foraging that it didn’t even notice me (it helped that I was downwind). The word raccoon was anglicized from the Algonquin language and means “one who rubs, scrubs and scratches with its hands.” Pretty fitting description.
I felt fortunate to watch for about twenty minutes before it headed up my side of the bank and was startled by the sight of me. It beat a hasty retreat back into the creek but not before I captured a decent portrait.
What a handsome fellow!
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I was so happy to meet it!