From the BHB Inbox comes this breaking news item from “MP”:
I’m having dinner this evening al fresco at Tutt Café, and there’s a huge cat crossing the street. But it’s not a cat, it’s clearly a raccoon walking on the west side of Hicks Street, crossing Middagh and heading downhill towards Poplar. I got a good look at it. Stripe across the eyes, stripes on the tail, walking like a raccoon.
I made a 311 call and they told me that raccoon sightings in NYC are common and they don’t take reports unless the animal appears to be rabid. This raccoon seemed to be calmly walking down the sidewalk.
First time in over 40 years living in Bklyn that I saw a raccoon, though I’ve heard there’s a bunch in Prospect Park. Thought I’d report it to the blog so hood denizens could be on the lookout at night and so they or their domestic pets won’t get into any trouble. It’s advised to stay away from a raccoon. They have sharp teeth and claws and could do a number on a dog, or even a person, though this raccoon seemed peaceful.
Raccoons are no stranger to Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Paper has reported extensively on these “cute” animals over the years including a 2006 report that tells us where they end up after they’ve been caught. Hint: Don’t go to Queens, Staten Island or the Bronx if you’re a raccoon.
And now, a collection of YouTube videos featuring Brooklyn Raccoons: