Raccoon Pool Party!

Raccoon Pool Party


One of our “over the fence” neighbors decided to pay us a visit while we were out doing some yard work a couple of days ago. And, without so much as saying hi, she headed straight for the pool for a bit of hand-washing. Then she took a slow stroll around the perimeter looking for the perfect spot. Obviously, she wasn’t at all concerned that Denene and I were only a few feet away.

She tested the water for a second, and then…

off she went…

for a few very leisurely laps.

Roxanne even swam over to ham it up for the camera before climbing out.

A quick shake and she was off, climbing back over the fence. However, she was back within 30 minutes for another dip.

27 replies
  1. Wally Lind
    Wally Lind says:

    My five year old Lab would love the pool and the Raccoon. I’m sure they would have a very lively and toothy relationship with the raccoon. She would wait for it, every day. I don’t have the skills to train her as a hunting dog, so she has developed on the job. She swims in or walks on the lake nearly every day. Last winter, she caught a muskrat on the ice, after taking off from me. They did an amusing dance before I caught up to them and scared it away.

  2. Coco
    Coco says:

    Tell Roxi she is welcome to visit my pool
    anytime! What a cute story.
    Thanks for the crimebreak!
    Just love this site and appreciate all.

  3. Tony Burton
    Tony Burton says:

    How cute! You know, with her fur plastered down with water, she reminds me of a coati mundi.

  4. Rebecca York
    Rebecca York says:

    I put out food for stray cats, and of course raccoons also eat it. If we go to Cheesecake Factory and have burgers, I save the top half of the buns for the raccoons. (cut in quarters so they can share.) They love them. One little guy thought they were so good he had to carry them up a tree to eat where nobody could take his prize away. Funny to watch him zipping up the trunk with a quarter of a bun in his mouth.

  5. Kathy Crouch
    Kathy Crouch says:

    Lee that was amazing how funny that she wasn’t bothered that you and your wife were right there to even posing for the camera.

  6. Ellen B
    Ellen B says:

    Love the swimming! I used to have a “Rocky” who came to visit the back porch most nights. I’d put my hand on the inside glass of the sliding door, and Rocky would press his paw to mine like a high five on the outside, and grin at me.

  7. Sandy Parks
    Sandy Parks says:

    What fun and apparently so relaxed even with you watching. Our pool is completely screened in or we’d probably have frequent visitors.

  8. Kate
    Kate says:

    She obviously has high standards so you’re lucky she opted to swim in *your* pool. Maybe next time, she’ll bring a few of her friends…. 🙂

  9. Terry Odell
    Terry Odell says:

    No pool here, but the raccoons used to come raid the bird feeders until we learned to bring them in off the deck at night. Sticky raccoon footprints all over the deck was all the evidence we needed.
    This morning, we had a group of deer doing Weed Control in our front yard.


  10. Rebecca Swope
    Rebecca Swope says:

    Lee: We had a family of raccoons who lived under a deck at our church chapel. We finally had to humanely trap them because they were getting way too used to people, and we have a pre-school on the property. But…last year, on my wedding day!!! my favorite raccoon tried to crash the goodies ;0

  11. Glynn Marsh Alam
    Glynn Marsh Alam says:

    We have two rather “fat raccoons” visit the back patio almost every night now. They grab bugs and eat them. They don’t even need the “dish and the spoon.” Corny, huh?

  12. bobbi a. chukran
    bobbi a. chukran says:

    We once had a young raccoon who jumped on our roof, walked upside down along the porch, just to get a drink from our hummingbird feeder. That coon was a fiend for sugar water! Many times we’d see him hanging upside down, swinging on the feeder, lapping up the sugar water as it drained out. Then he’d jump down and lick the rest up from the wooden boards.

    I always wondered what would happen if I mixed a little bit of tequila in with the sugar water. But I didn’t. 🙂 bobbi c.

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