Oh man. Ouch. We have a tail-less raccoon that hangs out by one of the parking lots on campus, but his injury appears to be in the distant past unlike this guy. I know it would only be speculation but what do you think got it?
Wow. That looks so sore, and embarrassing for the coon! His pride and joy is gone. I'd wager a coyote or fox snapped it off when the coon was treed.
That looks very clean cut. Do you think a person could have trapped and sliced it off? I googled raccoon tails with the intent to find some information about if they use them for balance or sense of touch, and instead found way too many online sites selling tails. Why?
I actually found some of the coon's fur along the trail before I saw the cam trap pics. There's no one around the area that would be likely to trap them for their tails (and then also leave them alive), so my guess would be coyotes or somebody's dog(s). Gray foxes are probably too small - this big raccoon is their same size, and likely meaner.As for the clean cut - it appears it came off at a separation in the vertebrae.
Telling photos for those who believe wild animals live in serene peace.
ouch indeed. at least he is still alive. i am sure the adjustment of not having a tail in the beginning will be hard but it is always amazing how much they are able to adapt to change.
It looks like he had a run in with Boggis, Bunce and Bean along with the Fantastic Mr. Fox.
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