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September 25, 2023

Peek of the Week 276

By John Queen

dead raccoon

On a walk over the weekend, John Queen spotted something the rest of his family missed. Hanging from a hole in a tree was a raccoon. After approaching carefully, it was determined that the animal was dead, but the mystery remains: why was an untouched raccoon hanging from a hole in a tree?

There was no sign of blood, and the woodland where this picture was taken is too far from housing for poisoning -- indeed, if the raccoon had eaten poison, it wouldn't have tried to take cover in a tree, it would have headed for the nearby river for water. There were no scratch marks on the tree trunk to show signs of a struggle, no wounds on the pelt, just the displacement of some hair due to rain.

Mr. Queen declined to do an autopsy.

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Article © John Queen. All rights reserved.
Published on 2010-12-13
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