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Shared Moment: Raccoon Peekaboo

A photographer captures an image of a raccoon peering from a large palm

  • Photograph by Hank Hearn
  • PhotoZone
  • Mar 27, 2017

CALM AND CURIOUS, a young raccoon nestles in a sago palm on Callawassie Island, South Carolina—a National Wildlife Federation-certified Community Wildlife Habitat™. “I’d never seen anything like this,” says photographer Hank Hearn. The raccoon stayed about a week, occasionally leaving the palm to forage, then returning. “We never saw the mother, but this little guy didn’t seem scared,” says Hearn, who has a framed copy of the photo in his hallway. No doubt Ranger Rick (below) would approve.

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More from National Wildlife magazine and NWF:

Raccoons: A League of Their Own
NWF Blogs about Raccoons
Ranger Rick: Raccoon Rescue

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