Curious About David Wade’s Raccoon

By David Wade, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – I had an interesting winter surprise when I pulled up the blinds at my house the other day – a masked intruder!

Sort of.

It was a raccoon nestled in a little alcove outside my bathroom window looking very sleepy and almost like I disturbed HIM.

I first showed you this video I shot on Thursday morning’s newscast.

Watch David’s raccoon raw video

Seeing this made Stephanie from Tyngsborough Declare Her Curiosity:

“Raccoons (like squirrels and chipmunks) usually hibernate in winter, and this poor animal ought to be holed up in some snug little tree crevice (or in modern times, maybe a building soffit). How’d the raccoon end up on David’s roof?”

I called MassWildlife biologist Laura Hajduk.

She told me raccoons are actually active all year round.

During a storm they will curl up in a spot that offers protection from the elements and this spot was just warm enough.

Laura also says they do move around during the day to get food, so seeing the nocturnal animal during the day is not a sure sign of a sick or rabid raccoon.

If it’s stumbling around, it could be a bad sign.

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