Skip to comments.Raccoon Survives Month at Sea by Eating Cardboard
Posted on 09/29/2013 12:38:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A stowaway raccoon is thought to have survived a month at sea by eating cardboard.
Curious Meeko got in a container in Davenport, Iowa, US, that was sent by rail to Halifax in Canada and shipped to Liverpool.
The cargo was driven to Ebbw Vale in South Wales, where workers found a furry extra in their machine parts order.
She was really thin when she arrived but is starting to put some weight on, said Jan Garen, who has given Meeko a home at Wales Ape and Monkey sanctuary, in Abercrave.
She is getting used to us but she has had a rough ride. She was locked in that container for four weeks and somehow survived by drinking condensation and eating cardboard.
Its obvious that she wasnt a pet, shes a wild animal so she has to be handled very carefully.
Her new parents now plan to build a permanent home for the cheeky critter, who is slowly returning to full health, at the Welsh sanctuary.
If only I had a nickle for everytime I’ve had to survive eating cardboard...
Moosehell 0bama would have school children survive the same way. They get to eat cardboard while she eats the food that was shipped in the cardboard.
I have raccoons that eat cat food off my porch. I know they can be pests but I am quite fond of them.
Raccoons are supposed to be Rabies magnets
There’s a possum on my road that tried to survive by eating car grill. Hmmmm, maybe he should have tried cardboard.
“If only I had a nickle for every time Ive had to survive eating cardboard...”
Welcome to ‘The New Normal,’ Comrade!
I’ve always heard the same thing and wondered why. I guess their body system so happens to support the rabies virus without harm. There may even be some sort of benefit the raccoons get from providing this incubation space for a rabies virus. What that payoff is remains one of nature’s mysteries. Maybe the virus operates to kill the prey of the raccoon w/o harming the host.
All that fiber must’ve made the little critter repeat like a Howitzer.
Roughage does a body good?
House! You were lucky to live in a house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, 'alf the floor was missing, and we were all 'uddled together in one corner for fear of falling.
Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in t' corridor!
Oh, we used to dream of livin' in a corridor! Would ha' been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woke up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! House? Huh.
Well, when I say 'house' it was only a hole in the ground covered by a sheet of tarpaulin, but it was a house to us.
We were evicted from our 'ole in the ground; we 'ad to go and live in a lake.
You were lucky to have a lake! There were a hundred and fifty of us living in t' shoebox in t' middle o' road.
You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.
Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of 'ot gravel, work twenty hour day at mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!
Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.
Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.
And you try and tell the young people of today that ..... they won't believe you.
You can’t ever possibly understand how much I appriciate that!
How rusted were those machine parts if there is enough condensation in the container to keep a coon running?
They had it easy. We were so poor that we had no molecular structure. That’s right we were free-floating sub-atomic particles. But we had each other whenever we managed to collide. We were thankful for what we had even though we didn’t have it. Young people don’t know how good they have it.
Then you're obviously not in my neighborhood.........
“getting into his attic and down the chimney”
Been there...done that.. didn’t get a t-shirt...just a big insurance claim to repair the damage.
I really think that raccoons are beautiful creatures...and very canny as well.
But sure would never invite them to my “area” by feeding them. Especially not 20-30 of them. Very bad mistake, imho.
I had a raccoon stowaway on my small sailboat a few years back. I noticed it about 3ft away from my bare feet as I set off.Put shoes on and tried to scare it out from under the aft deck, but it wouldn’t leave. So I continued, with a lot of feet/claws scrabbling noises every time I came about on a new tack and a new heel.
LOL...that was hilarious.
Their bodies don't support the virus, it's their social habits and reproductive ability that makes them a prime target for the disease. The most common virus exhibited in raccoons that is misinterpreted as rabies is similar to canine distemper. The main symptom is a raccoon walking around listlessly during the daytime hours.
Back in the early 90's, I witnessed an epidemic of the afflicted here in S.E. Michigan. While golfing at Stoney Creek, a popular metro-park, I must have seen at least 6 coons on the course that had contracted the disease.
These epidemics are cyclical and only occur when the coon population grows out of control.......It's nature's way of controlling the species.
Oh, she’s been to my local pizza place.
TEARS ROLLING DOWN MY CHEEKS! LOL! Thank you! :)
Oh, here, I looked it up:
BUT - only .01% rat droppings and human hair allowed! :)
Yes the Big Bang was a tough time to be a young universe but we learned to survive and we are better leptons for it.
That’s nothing! I was an American taxpayer.
Dianas posting about having a nickel for every time she had to eat cardboard made me think of the Monty Python FOUR YORKSHIREMEN skit.
A raccøøn once bit my sister.
Having known your sister, I don't blame it...........
(That was my response to Prisoner6.)
When *I* was a kid, we were so poor that we were only allowed to lick the inside of the paper box that once held Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Once a year. On our Birthday.
Actually, we WERE poor - but thanks to Free Government Cheese, ‘Oleo Margarine’ smuggled in from Illinois and a Grandma that could feed twelve on ONE boiled potato, we didn’t KNOW we were poor. :)
(Miss you every DAY, Anita; you helped make me the frugal, gun totin’, Bible thumpin’ survivalist that I am today! *SMOOCH*)
A raccøøn once bit my sister.....He did not. He merely stuned her beeber. Poor beeber stuning rodent.
pests but I am quite fond of them.....I’m a pest and my girlfriend hates me. Wanna adopt?
Crafty? OH BOY. One time in Maine at Acadia National Park, we had 2 leftover lobsters in an old steel Coleman cooler, the kind that has a latch you twist to secure the lid tightly closed (like an old style window sash lock).
The next morning my brother woke up ready to boil up his lobsters for breakfast... The cooler lid was open and the only thing left was one claw on the ground next to a rock... it was too hard to crack so they gave up.
Raccoons roam Blackwoods Campground at bedtime like... there had to be 20 of them outside the tent as soom as we went inside.
I’ve never seen it, but I’ve been told by a couple of people that if you put a box of sugar cubes out on a creek bank where the racoons will find it, it’s hilarious to watch them take take the sugar cubes and try to wash them before they eat them. It just dissolves, and they look at their paws like “Where did it go?”, and then they go back and get another one, and do it all over again.
Oh, lord! If you ever SAW how those things were made, you’d never eat one again. I don’t like chicken heads, beaks or feet. Or red dye.
Lobster for breakfast!!! Some day when I get rich and famous...
It was a great skit too!
Mega dittos! Plus mrs p6 and I learned from those hard times. Not sure if people today could do the same.
Having SEEN his sister...
May it rest in peace.
And you never once gave a thought as to why she never had any cardboard around.......... :)
Good old Monty Python . Hilarious !
I got 6 pet watchcoons that
ate the aluminum grill off the air conditioner.
>> Raccoons are supposed to be Rabies magnets
Oh, come one, they wouldn’t ruin good chicken lips and rat tails by using cardboard.
Guess it is not too much a stretch to include Weiners as well.
and Jello is also gross...horse and cow hooves. Nasty.