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Love in the Air, Raccoons in the Chimney 

It’s February, and you know what that means…it’s the month of love! Every store is covered in pink and red with hearts, balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, and, most importantly, chocolate. Some people are celebrating Valentine’s Day, and romantic love, others Valentine’s Day, and important friendships, and others are not celebrating at all. Even some animals are getting into the spirit of the month, though maybe not in ways we humans will enjoy.

Ringo the Raccoon

When I was a child, my cousins and their family had a raccoon named Ringo. It wasn’t a fully-grown raccoon, just a juvenile that they had found while hunting, perhaps recently orphaned. Regardless of how it came about exactly, they brought this young raccoon home and raised it for a time. They lived out in…