Toronto has a love-hate relationship with raccoons. As I said in my previous post, we are the “Raccoon capital of the world” and trash pandas are the unofficial mascot of the city. They show up in souvenir shops, on T-shirts and are regularly featured in the news and on YouTube videos. From late night window shopping in tony Yorkville to stealthily stealing donuts from a Tim Hortons donut shop.
Not all raccoons are bandits. This little guy wanted to earn his treats and took a shift working behind the counter in downtown Toronto.
“Coffee with your Timmies?” he seems to say, “Double double? Coming up!”
Raccoons are nocturnal creatures. They roam the neighborhoods at night, sifting through garbage bins and (if you must lock it up) foraging for wild berries, nuts, frogs, eggs and grubs.
During the day they’ll retreat to dens in high places like tree hollows, if you’re lucky. If you’re unlucky (like me) they’ll pry open a loose roof shingle, slip into the attic and establish residence. Of course, there is the occasional raccoon who’ll take advantage of a conveniently placed couch on an open porch deck.
According to Google, raccoons are native to North America and live almost everywhere, except for Northern Canada and Alaska. Vancouver Island is purportedly their most northernly habitat, although I’ve never seen a trash panda there. Maybe because the trash bandits in British Columbia are a bit bigger than the average raccoon … but that’s a story for another post.
Toronto, Canada. March 2021