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He's cute. Even scary. But is he dangerous? Racoon While walking through Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC last week, we came along a crowd of people, cameras out, and I pushed my way in to see what the commotion was about. "This is so dangerous!" I heard a woman caution the crowd... other missives echoed from among the passer-bys, that getting "so close" to a raccoon was dangerous. "Disease!" "Teeth!" "Mayhem!" I'm feeling under the weather at the moment, but I can assure you, we didn't swap spit, nor did I get scratched or bitten. He does look scary. Despite the warnings, about 30 people were closed-in, snapping photos of this raccoon who was on top of a garbage receptacle, foraging for food among the junk. I too snapped a few; I also kept some distance, in case he lunged for the neck or face of a camera-touting tourist. And while I agree, getting too close to nature can be dangerous, because let's face it, some raccoons do carry disease, he did look healthy. And wildlife not in a cage? Is it/was it worth the risk? That's the price we pay, for living in urban centers, with "wildness" screened-out and caged for our "enjoyment." When we encounter the "real thing," we take risks to capture, well, the unusual. Sadly, I didn't encounter bears.

Stress and Music