It was a Saturday like any other………… or not.
So get the picture ……… Our oldest daughter, maybe thirteen at the time, walked out the front door of our house onto the front porch with our two small dogs in tow. She noticed one of the dogs looked to the right towards the other end of the porch; she in turn glanced that way. There was a raccoon on the porch that immediately approached her. So she ran away from the house screaming to the dogs, “Run for your life!”
Everyone knows that it’s odd for a wild raccoon to be out during the middle of the day and even more odd for them not to be frightened by people and dogs.
Jane and I, along with our youngest daughter, were cleaning out the garage. I don’t recall who, but one of us had a leaf blower, clearing old leaves from the garage. Amid the noise of the machine, daughter number one came running around the corner from the front yard screaming at the top of her lungs. Right behind her was the raccoon.
It was strange that the raccoon wasn’t afraid of people or dogs, but a leaf blower? That was a bad sign. We could only assume one thing ……… rabies.
We rushed all the kids inside and called animal control. They asked us to make sure the raccoon didn’t escape …………… really? Buh, wuh …… zactly how was we ‘posed to do dat?
My son and I grabbed some rakes and tried to trap the animal in the bushes. Have you ever heard a raccoon growl? It’s a little unnerving ……… especially when you’re pretty sure the animal is rabid.
In the end, a local sheriff’s deputy arrived and disposed of the animal. Whew! Thank you James Brown! No really………… the deputy’s name was James Brown……Genesis 9:2 (NIV)
2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands.
The Bible has very little to say about wildlife. Obviously the primary focus of scripture is God’s relationship with man, not animals. This particular verse was part of God’s covenant with Noah. After the flood, God placed a fear of man in all of the wild beasts.
So ……… question – does this mean that between the time of Adam and Noah, animals and men were friends?
Very interesting thought ……. don’t you agree?
I hope your day is filled with excitement and joy, but no abnormal encounters with animals.
Fill a mug, fill it high, guzzle it down, start again!