Generally, I simply don’t know what goes by some peoples’ minds. However after we can’t perceive one thing, we will snort at it. And it’s Friday — you deserve a great snort. Get a kick out of this.

James Blackwood of Nova Scotia, Canada, is the self-proclaimed “Raccoon Whisperer.” He’s constructed a YouTube following of over half one million subscribers for doing one thing most individuals wouldn’t dream of—often hand feeding wild raccoons.

Blackwood, a retired police officer, filmed his hottest video on the night time of November 3, 2020. It’s effectively value a watch. The video begins with a gaggle of raccoons standing on the glass door of Blackwood’s patio on their hind legs, like a gaggle of toddler-sized trick-or-treaters.

“That is going to be enjoyable,” says Blackwood. Then, as he exits his home: “Watch your toes.”

Blackwood then takes a seat on the porch and begins shoveling sizzling canines to the furry critters as they climb throughout him and tug on his garments. The raccoons do their greatest Joey Chestnut impressions and gobble down the hyperlinks earlier than pulling at Blackwood with their little paws for extra. Which he fortunately supplies. Then he dishes out dessert—cookies. See the wild scene under.

In keeping with a CBC article, Blackwood’s spouse was the unique raccoon feeder within the household. When she handed away in 2003, Blackwood carried on the custom. He feeds raccoons, deer, and birds close to his rural Pictou County house. He says he feeds raccoons sizzling canines, Hamburger Helper and sauteed mushrooms, roast rooster, pigs in a blanket, and even Tim Hortons donuts. How Canadian of him.

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In lots of locations, feeding wildlife is strictly forbidden, however the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the place Blackwood resides, doesn’t have any legal guidelines in opposition to the apply. The provincial authorities is at the moment contemplating new restrictions and strongly discourages feeding wildlife which might disrupt pure animal populations and trigger well being dangers to individuals. The federal government notes that raccoons are recognized to host black-legged ticks, which carry Lyme Illness, in addition to a “raccoon roundworm,” a nasty parasite transmitted by raccoon feces. For the “Racoon Whisperer,” although, I suppose the chance have to be definitely worth the reward.

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