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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Offended pool coons

The coons were back last night, and they encountered the cameras in new positions. For some reason this camera managed to offend the two kids.

What you see is a common mammalian threat display -- piloerection. They're all puffed up, they've arched their backs, and one is standing on its tippy toes trying to look bigger.

Real scary. If that camera could burp, they'd be falling over one another trying to get away.

Finally they backed down, and joined mom.

She showed them how to find hornet nests under the deck, but they were still a little spooky and acting tough.

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