I can stop blaming the baby raccoons now. Last night, the spouse and I were awoken by loud squealing and chattering coming from the back yard. With the help of a flashlight, we found at least 6 full-grown raccoons having a party or a fight in and around our pond. They were deterred only slowly by the light and our yelling. Here’s some fun facts I learned:
- Raccoons are not afraid of the water. We saw a couple cannonball into the deepest part of the pond from our patio.
- Raccoons don’t need the shallow areas to get out of the pond – they just climbed right up the rocks when they were done in the pond.
- We couldn’t hear them getting in and out of the pond over the sound of the waterfall. They may jump right in, but either they’re graceful divers or their small bodies don’t splash louder than the waterfall. This explains why we never heard them in the pond before – if they’re not yelling, they’re quiet.
The pickerel weed is almost gone now, and the lizard’s tail and water lily are pretty torn up as well. I didn’t have the heart to do a goldfish headcount this morning. I’m grateful that this happened after our pond tour day, and that we don’t have expensive koi!
UPDATE: I think most, if not all, of the fish survived the raccoon party. There’s one shubunkin that I didn’t find, but it’s mostly black, and my walking through the pond to pick up pieces of lizard’s tail, pickerel weed, and water lily root made the water pretty murky.