This morning as the Brothers and I entered My Outdoor Domain, we saw something that made us all yowl with surprise. A large wildling was walking along the cement wall next door. It was a Raccoon, and at first I thought it was the mighty beast that Brother Henry and then the Guardians had faced down several weeks ago. But then I noticed that this one was smaller, and smelled like a girl. Still, My heart leapt into My throat when she passed within a few inches of Mama Cat, who did not seem to understand that she might be in danger.
Fortunately, the Raccoon didn’t take an interest in Mama Cat. Instead she jumped down off the wall, and The Brothers and I watched as she approached the Guardians’ garden. I said, “Uh-oh. Looks like the Guardians are going to lose all those nasty tasting strawberries that they seem to like so much…”
To My surprise, the Raccoon did not eat any of the strawberries. Instead, she started feeling around in the strawberry patch and pulling out slugs and snails. She popped each one into her mouth as if they were tasty little freeze-dried chicken treats or something. The Brothers and I were mesmerized.
As I watched the Raccoon, I began to think that maybe those little slugs and snails really were tasty treats. I mean, the Raccoon seemed to really like them. I have never eaten a slug or snail so for all I know they are the most delicious things in the history of everything ever. I’m not sure what came over Me, but I yelled at the Raccoon, “Hey! Wildling! Can I try one of those tasty snails!?” Brother Henry gasped and said, “Leader Otis, what are you doing!?” But it was too late, I had drawn the Raccoon’s attention, and now she seemed to take an interest in us.
So Sayeth Otis
Tomorrow- Wildling Close Encounter Part II- An Even Closer Encounter