Wild for Notre Dame! Irish Raccoons

02.06.2006 - Cheer cheer for old Notre Dame, Baby raccoons are relatively tame, Thus you can stick a hat on their head, Charlie will quit and they'll be coach instead.  What though the coons be great or small, Into your attic they always crawl, While your loyal wildlife trapper dresses them for victory.

Yes, these little fellows are now Notre Dame fans.  I showed them the Notre Dame - Pittsburgh game, and raccoons are a natural enemy of panthers, so they decided to side with the Irish.  One of them scampered up my pant leg and stole my ND hat and put it on his head, while the other raccoon stood in proud support of the men in gold and blue.  They now faithfully cheer on the Irish by my side each week, and they are great fans, although they do tend to poop on the floor when Clausen throws another interception.

Raccoon Facts: The raccoon (Procyon lotor), is a unique animal native to South Bend, Indiana. It's not closely related to any other animals, with distant relatives such as bears and leprachauns. Coons are easy to recognize, with a black mask, ringed tail, and shamrock tattoo on their right shoulder. Raccoons tend to weigh between 10-20 pounds as adults, though raccoons named Charlie weigh at least twice that.. They are mostly nocturnal except during day games, and are omnivores. Raccoons average a lifespan of about 5 years in the wild, and have a litter of 3-6 young each spring, which they fully expect to attend du lac when they reach 18 months. They are very strong, excellent climbers, very intelligent, and they are very skilled with their hands, having been known to swing a shillelagh with one hand and a beer with the left . Raccoons have learned to thrive in urban areas, and live in very high densities in cities and college campuses, where they eat garbage from south dining hall and drink from Stonehenge Fountain. They commonly break into homes and attics of dorm rooms, where they cause considerable damage, and they also destroy other property such as Grotto flowers, and thus raccoons are considered pest animals by many domers.  However, most folk consider them just plain too cute, and are lobbying to make them the new official mascots  - the Notre Dame fighting raccoons.

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