Famous Raccoons of the East End


Illustration, above, by Ryan Berkley. Go here to see all his delightful animal portraits.

MY ALL-TIME TOP BLOG POST is not about old houses, or gardens, or any of the things I usually write about. It’s a one-off about a raccoon that broke (or fell) into my house one night last summer when I was foolish enough to leave a skylight open. Every day, at least 100 people find my blog by searching on the word “raccoon.”

A friend of mine, knowing this, came up with a brilliant idea to drive traffic to my blog: write more about raccoons. Now I doubt many of those unsuspecting raccoon researchers stick around to become regular readers of casaCARA, if raccoons is what they’re interested in. But I decided it couldn’t hurt my numbers.

It turns out my raccoon is not the only famous raccoon on the East End of Long Island. There was Buster, who lived with the eccentric Beale sisters of Grey Gardens fame, and was fed every day. Buster, in fact, is the nom de blog of a fellow who runs a site about Grey Gardens.

Then there’s the raccoon monster of Montauk, a poor creature that washed up on the beach in the summer of ’08 and engendered much speculation as to what it was, until it was determined that it was, in fact, a drowned raccoon.

But getting back to my raccoon, I think he may still be living nearby. One thing about freshly fallen snow, you get to see who your visitors are. The other day, there were some raccoon-sized tracks leading under the front deck.


About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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5 Responses to Famous Raccoons of the East End

  1. raccoon fan says:

    Is it wrong to be smitten by the trio in your last photo? Do you think those 100 hits come from people who secretly adore these little bears?

  2. cara says:

    They are the cutest things since koalas.

  3. I love that photo of the trio in the storm drain. Too bad that they are really not as friendly as they look!

  4. Nancy says:

    okay are we stooping to baby animal pics? Is it sweeps week?

  5. geekgirl415 says:

    For the past year or so, my blog hits have largely been because I’ve written about Raccoons a few times. Raccoons make for funny stories…

    But… it’s kinda creeping me out… ;)

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