Audience Participation Friday: Mammal Encounters

A friend of a friend left the house while an electrician was doing some work in the kitchen. When she got back a couple of hours later, the electrician said, "How did you get your cat and your raccoon to get along so well?" "Pardon?" the woman said.

"The cat and the raccoon," the electrician said. "Right after you left, the raccoon came through the cat door and waddled across the kitchen and started eating out of the cat food bowl. The cat just watched him do it. It was the dernedest thing. I wouldn't have thought you could keep a pet cat and a pet raccoon together."

"But I don't have a pet raccoon," the woman said.

Apparently a wild raccoon had been coming through the cat door and into the house, and on a regular enough basis that the cat was used to it. I guess the raccoon knew to wait until the homeowner's car left the driveway, though it didn't seem to understand the significance of the electrician's truck out front.

Today's Audience Participation Friday topic is mammal encounters. Tell us your anecdotes about wild mammals you have known, from field mice to possums to bears. Armadillos, by the way, are mammals. A surprising number of people think armadillos are a kind of reptile, but they are as mammalian as you are and are therefore eligible for this APF. Dolphins and whales, I don't have to remind you, are also mammals.