In the morning when I went out to do the chores, I saw this scene in the back yard. I don't know how long this standoff had been going on.
By the time I had fed the cows, the raccoon was gone.
At first I wondered if she (he? still not sure) might have had kittens, but this is what I discovered she was curled up upon.
I don't know whether she is feeling a maternal instinct, if some chicken persuaded her to babysit, or if she is oblivious. We have the silliest animals!