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Raccoons

Bob Campbell

In a View From The Zoo, Gary Richmond, a former zoo keeper, had this to say:

"Raccoons go through a glandular change at about 24 months. After that they often attack their owners. Since a 30-pound raccoon can be equal to a 100-pound dog in a scrap, I felt compelled to mention the change coming to a pet raccoon owned by a young friend of mine, Julie. She listened politely as I explained the coming danger. I'll never forget her answer. "&ls;It will be different for me…' And she smiled as she added, &ls;Bandit wouldn't hurt me. He just wouldn't.'

"Three months later Julie underwent plastic surgery for facial lacerations sustained when her adult raccoon attacked her for no apparent reason. Bandit was released into the wild."

Sin, too, often comes dressed in an adorable guise, and as we play with it, how easy it is to say, "It will be different for me." The results are predictable.