I couldn’t help but chuckle at the sight of the Raccoon with its tongue out, savoring the Carp like it was a gourmet meal. I mean, who doesn’t love a good fish dinner, am I right? I just wished I had seen the Raccoon catch the Carp because it must have been quite the battle – like a scene from a Hollywood action movie.
But I have to hand it to this little critter – it knows how to enjoy a good meal. And let’s be honest, we could all take a page out of its book when it comes to living life to the fullest. So here’s to you, Mr. Raccoon, keep on chowing down and living your best life!
This Raccoon was eating the Carp on the side of the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I parked a short distance from the Raccoon and walked up to it. This was near the 4-corners intersection.
I was hand-holding a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro.
• AV Mode
• Aperture: f8.0
• ISO: 800
• Shutter speed: 1/1400 sec.
• Focal Length: 400 mm
Raccoons and Their Eating Habits:
Raccoons are opportunistic omnivores, which means that they will eat just about anything they can get their paws on. Their diet can include everything from fruits, nuts, and berries to insects, small mammals, and even carrion.
Raccoons have strong and dexterous front paws that they use to grab and manipulate their food. They can even use their paws to open containers and doors!
Raccoons are known for their habit of washing their food in water before eating it. While some people think this is because they are trying to clean their food, scientists believe that it’s actually a way for the raccoons to manipulate and soften their food before they eat it.
In the fall, Raccoons will eat as much as they can to build up their fat reserves before winter. During the winter months, they will enter a state of torpor, which is a deep sleep that helps them conserve energy and survive the cold.
Raccoons are intelligent and adaptable animals that can learn to eat new foods and exploit new food sources. In some urban areas, for example, Raccoons have learned to raid trash cans and compost bins for food, which has led to conflicts with humans.