Raccoons in the shed

On November 8th I forgot to close the door to my shed.  On Friday November 9th I walked out, opened the door and found it was partially blocked and the entirety of my shed had been ransacked!!  I thought I had been robbed!

In my confusion I quickly turned to the most valuable items which are my computers and I saw that the Mac was on the ground, my work computer closed and in place and the monitor on its face over my work computer.  I then became quickly aware of the overpowering stench of a furry animal and had thought a coyote might still be inside!

I could only push the door open a little bit as it was blocked by all my belongings now on the floor but was cautious as I thought a coyote might be inside.  I poked my head inside, had a look around but thought the animal might have escaped?  But how could it the door was closed?  I then looked up and saw this.

I couldn’t believe it!  Three raccoons had gotten themselves trapped in my shed and destroyed the place!

Suddenly a deep fear ran through my chest in that my work computer could be destroyed?  Thank the Gods it was not.  But, the monitor was broken and the Mac missing the q key but still worked..

The other think to note is that these raccoons treated my shed as their toilet and it smelled terrible.  There was poop everywhere!!  So I had to disinfect the entire place with bleach and now it seems cleaner than before to be honest.

All in all the shed is back to normal but without a few details:

  •  Japanese ‘oni’ mask is missing a horn
  •  Don Quixote wine bottle was smashed
  • Sand Dollar vase was smashed
  • Geraniums were uprooted and so have to start again.
  • Dirt and poop all over the place.
  • Star Wars clock smashed
  • Items that were up top many broken.

As I mentioned the smell was terrible and the bleach didn’t help too much.  So I sprayed ‘Eternity’ cologne which is one I never use into the shed and shut the door for the night.  It ended up making the shed smell like a ‘Dapper Raccoon.’  It wasn’t unbearable like before but not a smell I’m particularly fond of.  To make matters worse the air was noxious outside due to the Camp Fire so I couldn’t air it out much the following week.  I had to sit in there with the door and windows closed!

And that was the calamity of the raccoons.  I think I’ll have a photo printed out and framed to put in the corner where I found them.  May they never return.

By Mateo de Colón

Global Citizen! こんにちは!僕の名前はマットです. Es decir soy Mateo. Aussi, je m'appelle Mathieu. Likes: Languages, Cultures, Computers, History, being Alive! \(^.^)/