Rocky the Racoon

How can you not love a face like that? This was a racoon I spotted one evening sneaking through the garden and was quite surprised when I saw it’s right eye. From afar it seemed healthy enough and had spent a minute or two chewing on something it had found to eat amongst the foliage and upon hearing me out on the deck spied me through some flowers for added cover. I’m not too sure what the problem with the eye could be, but one line of research seemed to suggest a possible ’roundworm’ infection with larvae passing through the tissue of the eye as they migrate to attack the brain or spinal cord of the host animal. On the other hand, it might just have a bad eye – after all it did appear to be getting along quite well and was more than physically able to run and climb. We did see it again a couple of times throughout the summer prior to our roadtrip, so hopefully all is well with Rocky!

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