At long last an opportunity to recount something the lovely Ivana & I encountered while holidaying in Fort Lauderdale.
We had some time to kill and decided to go for a walk in the Hugh Taylor Birch state park while we were there. On the road up to the gates there are some signs saying 'Don't feed the raccoons'. As Brits, we had never seen a raccoon so we asked the ranger at the gate if it was likely that we would see any of these creatures that we must not feed..
She replied that as it was early evening it might be possible as they would be waking up to go foraging in the next hour or so. Anyway after an hour we hadn't seen a raccoon, just some birds and the odd roller-blader and our time was up for going to retrieve the kids so we set off walking back.
As we passed the ranger on the way our she asked if we had seen one. Perhap's another half hour?
We didn't have the time so we wished her good day and set off down the road back to East Sunrise Blvd.
As we were walking down, a creature akin to a young badger in size & colour came out of the undergrowth, crossed the entrance road and disappeared into the undergrowth on the other side about 30-40m ahead of us. No sooner had it disappeared than several more appeared crossing the road randomly ahead of us and going into the undergrowth.
At last we've seen a raccoon - several raccoons. It did cross our minds to wonder why they were all crossing the road at the same time and in the same direction. Logic said food, but what do we know about raccoon behaviour?
Where the park entrance road meets the boulevard there is a set of stop lights and a wide grass verge between the footpath and the roadway.
There was a queue of cars waiting at the red light as we came on to the boulevard.
On the grass verge were half a dozen or more raccoons lined up begging.
One of those sights the both of us will never forget.
There's no need to put the signs up in the park, the clever raccoons get take-aways delivered!