Last week as we left a storytelling show what should we see but this poster. It seems a perfect item for this weeks edition of Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.
Raccoons are everywhere in Toronto and we have a bit of a love/hate relationship with them. On the one hand, they get in to our garbage bins no matter what preventive measures we take. They eat what they like and scatter the rest everywhere.
On the other hand, we seem to have a fondness for them. They may be pests but they’re our pests. For some of us, they’re as much a part of the city as the CN Tower. And when they’re on their best behaviour, they, and especially their babies, can be quite adorable. So as we grumble about them tipping over our bins, we’re also, only somewhat tongue in cheek, creating memorials to dead ones that city services was slow to pick up.
We’re not just moved by raccoons in our city, though. Other animals get our attention. Two years ago a couple of capybara (large, dog-sized rodents) escaped a zoo and people cheered them on.
A year before, a peacock made its escape and was the subject of lots of online cheering:
We’re fascinated by animals wherever they might be. Be careful where you sit on the subway – some of the seats have crabs.
This pigeon was having none of it so they just left.
This city is a delightfully weird place. I’m happy to call it home.