Friday, November 5, 2010
I know raccoons can be very fierce and was worried Nutmeg was going to be seriously hurt; she was repeatedly dodging and charging and snapping at the the raccoon, which would then charge Nutmeg, snarling. Cocoa was keeping her distance, barking like a cheerleader. I yelled for Rog. He came outside, grabbed a big leaf rake and tried to separate Nut from the coon at a rake's-length distance. What a commotion - yelling and snarling and hissing and barking and clucking. Not to mention mooing-the cows were getting in on it too, or just wanted breakfast.
We checked Nutmeg over carefully and didn't find a scratch, although the raccoon had a bit of blood on its face. I hope it is okay, but that Nutmeg gave it enough of a fright that it decides not to venture into our farmyard again. I have heard many horror stories about raccoons ruthlessly killing chickens -dozens of chickens. From now on I will refrain from feeding the chickens just before roosting time so there is not a pan of leftovers to lure in raccoons.