The raccoon is ravenously eating her energy bar in this picture. While she was clearly very hungry and willing to get very close to humans she never seemed crazed or angry.
(See the following link about 11 year old fined $500 dolllars for saving woodpecker.)
While wild animal rescue can be rewarding it requires a very significant round the clock seven day a week level of commitment.
One of the funny games my friend would play with his juvenile raccoon was to give it a sugar cube and a bowl of water. The youngster would instinctively wash the sugar cube which would promptly dissolve/disappear after which the coon would spend many funny antic filled minutes looking for it. My friend would have liked to have kept his young raccoon but had to naturalize and release it before it became sexually mature. Like humans, once raccoons become adults they can be very MOODY!
OLD RAG NIGHT LIFE
I love Old Rag sunsets, dusk and twilight. Make sure you have lights and backup lights if your going to enjoy these times of day on Old Rag.
NIGHT TIME CAUTIONS
During warm weather I almost never see Copperheads during the day but see one on the trail in the evening about every third trip. Very pretty, fun to see, and not a worry unless you are trying to walk out without a light. Of course it is always good advice to never place any part of your body (usually feet or hands) where you can not see. I heard of one person who while hiking up Old Rag grabbed around a small tree trunk only to jump back because he had inadvertently grabbed a black snake climbing up on the back side of the tree trunk. Towards the end of the summer I have sometimes seen some humongous Wolf Spiders on tree trunks. I had a friend who reached up on a high shelf in his backyard storage shed and was bitten by a Wolf Spider. Not life threatening but his arm swelled up and he felt really sick for awhile. While under headlamp on really buggy nights it is good to keep your mouth shut or wear some kind of shield to prevent bugs from getting sucked down into you lungs. I once ran into what are called European Hornets. They look like super giant yellow jackets, are nocturnal and will attack lights. It took me a few seconds to realize they were after my headlamp and that I needed to turn it off until I had walked past the area near their nest.
NIGHT TIME FUN
Fireflies, spider and animal eyes reflecting back at your headlamp light, bats flying almost right up to your face while chasing bugs attracted to your headlamp. The wonders of shooting stars, moonlight, twinkling star fields, constellations, planets. The beauty of distant city lights, cars, and planes. Becoming much more aware of your senses of sound and smell.