My Rocky is so damn smart! I know you've probably heard enough of my blathering on about my stupid raccoon, but tonight was so exciting for me, I just had to share. If you read the post before this, you know that Rocky has still been visiting me. But tonight was extra cool because...
I came out here with a cup of coffee, my camera and some Ritz crackers. Sat down, threw some crackers on the patio and called out, "Rockyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Come here boy!!!!!!!" I then started to read an email. I wasn't even two lines into it when I heard crunching. I looked down and there he was!
He grabbed his cracker and ran back into the woods, but I had to test my theory that he was actually remembering his name and now trusting my voice. I called him again, and again he came back, the went back into the woods.
Then Madison came out here to say goodnight and I told her to stand behind my chair and be very still and quiet. I began calling him again, and told her where to look in the woods to see his face pop out. My desk light doesn't reach quite that far, but when he's there if you look very closely you can see his cute little face. It took a good minute this time, with Madison squirming behind me, but then... there he was! Madison gasped and couldn't believe he was responding to me. When he came right next to me to eat his Ritz I thought her face was going to split from smiling so hard.
Rocky resumed his place in the woods and Madison went to bed. Then I put the camera on video mode and called him again. You won't be able to see much at first, but just watch. You'll even see me wiggle my foot a couple of times so you could tell how close he was to me.
Now I know this isn't very exciting for those of you that grew up in the country, or even had a baby pet raccoon. But for me, this is bliss. I didn't get to meet him as a baby, so for him to trust me enough to get this close is pretty darn cool. Yeah, I know it's really the food that keeps him coming back, but I have to believe that he likes me, even if it's just a little bit.
Totally off topic here, but spider webs are cool too!