First Blush: Surprised by a creature encounter

Raccoon on the Stanford campus

It was hard to tell who was more surprised this morning around 6:30 am on the Stanford campus – the raccoon or female Dawn Jogger. That it was a bright sunny morning made the encounter even more surprising. Most of the critter encounters the DJs have had over the years have happened in the dim light just as the sun is rising, and the raccoons and skunks are rounding up their nighttime foraging and heading back to the their dens for the day. That the raccoon froze while the female DJ passed was not typical behavior; they usually scamper away immediately. She thinks that it’s a young raccoon whose mother had already gone into the drain area on the other side of the walkway; he or she could only wait for her to pass before following her. Hence her up close and personal encounter…

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