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October 18, 2005

WHILE YOU'RE WORRYING ABOUT BIRD FLU

...do not forget the threat of deadly raccoon droppings.

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Eeeeeeeeewwwwww.

since i'm second, i second that ewwwwwwwwwwwwww.

"As it turns out, some of us probably come in contact with raccoon droppings without even knowing it."

O.o

In Texas, they make excellant targets....especially with a car.

It's terrorists I tell ya, terrorists in little raccoon costumes.

Deadly is the operative. Did you know Rocky Pigg Dave? You shood have. Rocky Pigg is the operative word here. not shood.

rocky:

*blink blink*

What?

According to Russell Link's terrific (?) book -"Raccoon droppings are crumbly, flat ended, and can contain a number of different food items. The length is 3 to 5 inches, but this is usually broken into segments

Finally--the tome to knock "The DaVinci Code" off the best seller list.

Key Quote: "Raccoon droppings are crumbly, flat ended, and can contain a number of different food items. The length is 3 to 5 inches, but this is usually broken into segments. The diameter is about the size of the end of your little finger."

Why do you care?

Wow, how astute of them to ask that question at that point. I don't.

Ann Lovejoy (author) loves parantheses (truly).
their droppings (which dogs find fascinating).
millions of roundworm eggs migrate through the whole body (now there's a hideous image).
bury them deeply (at least three feet deep).

We had racoons break into the greenhouse this year. They ate suet cakes, broke pots and pooped EVERYWHERE. I'm glad I was too busy making mum boards to help clean up. Ewwww!

mum boards?

MOTW~ Boring explanation; I warn you. We have a big database where we list all the mum varieties we carry, and several pieces of information about them; size, type, bloom season, etc. My job was to delete the ones from last year that we didn't have this year, put in the new ones, organize the forms, sort them, print them out and stick them on giant poster sized pieces of plastic cardboard, then cut up a tag from each type and stick it next to the information block so people could see what it looked like, then screw them all (I think there were six this year) to the wall. They call them mum boards.

Whew, I'm glad you expounded on that. Here I was, worried that you were selling boards for people to beat their mums.
"Mum boards! Getcher mum boards, right here!"

No, we'd frown on that. :-)

However, a worst-case scenario can involve death. Seems to me that the "worst-case" scenario of ANYTHING would involve death. Goes without saying.

"For more information, do a Web search including the words raccoon droppings, health concerns and roundworm. Prepare to be amazed."

Now there's a fun Wed. nite family activity!
I'm ready....amaze me!

*zips in*

Oh goody, a new disease for me to worry about getting - thanks, Dave!
However, on the upside:
Baylisascaris procyonis WBAGNFA(Greek)RB.

*zips out to check back yard for icky droppings*

When I lived in Portland, a family of four rackety-coons used part of our yard as a highway. I got to watch them grow up, and I loved their rumbly-tumbly walk.

How do they know that it isn't Pumpkin Poo?

Everyone just stay indoors from now on.

Good plan, Cheesewiz. It's really the only way to be safe.
The outdoors is a dangerous place.

Cheese, Eleanor,

Has it occurred to you two that many of the more recent snake situations have occurred indoors?

Just sayin'.

Sallyacious:

Maybe we just move into sealed vaults with large cans of Snake-be-gone.

I like your thinking, Cheesewiz! I'll just follow you, if that's OK. All I really need is cable TV (color me shallow).

Well, MY appetite is shot for the next couple of days!

"Raccoons. Why did it have to be raccoons?"

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