Does that little guy bring back some memories. People were always dragging baby animals to my house, I or and my wife was always in the process of raising or taking care of something, this was before the rabies outbreak and the regulation against putting certain animals back into the wild. I had a pair of young raccoons that had fallen out of the den that someone drug to my house. They were abut the size of that little one on the car seat. O course my daughter was in love with them and after I had them long enough that I was sure they weren't sick I allowed her to feed and water them. They were almost ready to be reintroduced to the wild when WGAL TV was looking for some public service announcements. I told them I would be able to help them out and bring a couple of young raccoons over to the station and do a leave them in the woods segment for them. They jumped at the opportunity. So I stuck the little guys in a carrying crate, my daughter had named them f course, Spanky for the male and Darla for the female, the younger members won't get that. When I got to the studio one of the Anchors, Dick Hocksworth came out with a camera girl and wanted to go out side behind the station so it would be more outdoorsy, they have a huge piece of real estate so it was a good idea. I pulled one of the coons out and was holding it by the scruff of the neck explaining why if people see young wildlife it probably is not orphaned but once they are picked up and taken home they make them orphans and was explaining what people should do if they see young wildlife on their own when Dick Hocksworth reached out towards the coon and said "I can see why people pick them up, they are really cute". Before I could tell him not to touch the head that they will bite the coon had him by the index finger. I left go of the raccoon because I knew he was going to jerk his finger back and I didn't want him to get torn up. There he stood with the coon hanging on his finger going oww and finally the little guy left go and promptly ran up the camera girl's panty hose under her skirt. She started to hoop and holler and jump up and down, the coon dropped out from under the skirt almost immediately. Hocksworth took off and went inside the building with the camera girl hot on his heels. I gathered up the little guy and put him back in the crate, put the crate in my car and went inside and asked for Hocksworth. The receptionist called him, and she said he doesn't want to see you. At that point I told the receptionist that I am positive that the coon did not have rabies but that I urge him to visit his doctor and be guided by what the doctor says to do and I had her promise me she would do it. Then the Game warden left the building. Some times the story doesn't make it to the air!
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!
Last edited by Woods walker; 11-02-2019 at 04:12 PM.