GROUNDHOG WATCH edition4
Actually, I skipped edition 2 and 3. Edition 2: About two weeks ago Andrea and I saw a small groundhog, much smaller than the groundhog mentioned before in this blog. I made the assumption that there is a mother groundhog and at least 1 baby groundhog.
Edition 3 involves the mother groundhog seeing Andrea about a week ago. They had a bit of a stare-down. Andrea’s patience with the ghog had grown thin. The groundhog finished the confrontation by making some weird growling sounds then she ran under the deck.
Edition 4 is a haunting tale. The morning after the events of edition 3, I was leaving the house to go to work. As I walked on the deck, I saw half of a raccoon about 4 feet from the deck. It was a baby raccoon. There were some guts and junk by the entrance to the groundhog hole.
I figure the baby raccoon didn’t know any better and was snooping around the ghog hole. Momma ghog didn’t appreciate the visit and decided to protect her young by tearing the baby raccoon to pieces. Andrea and I did not hear any of the fight because we had our air conditioner window unit running that night. I’m sure it was a scene worthy of National Geographic. And I was left to deal with the casualty.
Seriously, there was half of a raccoon. No head or front arms in sight. The mid section and tail remained and a bunch of internal organs covered with flies.
I grabbed Andrea out of bed and she grew further disgusted with the “Wild Kingdom”(as she calls it) in our backyard. We decided I would call the city of Elmhurst when I got to work to have them scoop up the poor, crazy coon.
I called the main line to the Elmhurst Civic Center and they put me through to the police. They told me that since it was on public property that it was my responsibility to take care of. I told him that there are raccoon organs scattered about my yard! He said they can put me on the waiting list for the small animal trap. So I gave him my info. The trap should arrive sometime this week.
After I got off the phone, I went online and purchase some fox urine powder. Supposedly, ghogs hate foxes. If a fox urinates somewhere, then a ghog finds another home. So the theory is that you scatter this fox urine around the ghog hole and the ghog leaves.
So, I went home for lunch and scooped up the raccoon and his organs around the yard. The organs were easy to find cuz I could see all the flies doing their thing. So i put a plastic bag around the shovel and put the coon, its parts, and the grass and dirt under the coon and its parts into a doubled garbage bag. Now we have about 4 dirt spots in the yard reminding us of the event.
The next day, my garbage can was knocked over. The mess wasn’t too bad. This has happened before. So every time we put any meat related product in the garbage can, I put a big tree stump on top of the can. The stump is so heavy that it made the lid to the can cave in. Well, some creature was strong enough to be able to knock over the can. I think it was a male raccoon. And I also thing this same male raccoon had a midnight snack on the baby raccoon. You see… momma raccoons keep their babies away from male raccoons, because the males will eat the babies. So, I think the momma ghog had a fight with the baby coon. Momma ghog beat up the baby coon enough to kill it. Later in the night a male coon rolls along and decides to have a snack. Yes, very, very gross. Disgusting.
Weird thing is that Andrea and I have seen only the baby ghog since then. And it was the day after the big event. So hopefully, mamma ghog and her crew decided enough was enough and took off. We’ll see.