monkey on the loose

OK, guys. I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure there was a medium-sized monkey on the loose in my neighborhood last night. Take a look:

I mean, seriously, y'all. That ain't no dog. It had LONG TOES.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you a monkey all tied up?

1/19/2007 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Racoon maybe?

1/19/2007 5:27 PM  
Blogger annie said...

Yeah... actually, having taught at an environmental ed camp for a year, I'm close enough to an expert that I did know what it was, but it's weird enough that there's a raccoon in my yard in the middle of Minneapolis that it might as well be a monkey. Plus, that is a BIG ASS RACCOON. Did you see the SIZE of those prints? I prefer the monkey theory.

1/19/2007 7:33 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Garbage fed racoons can get huge. Better watch he doesn't whoop up on you.

1/19/2007 7:35 PM  
Blogger AdamB said...

i didn't know raccoons had thumbs that long!

1/20/2007 9:44 AM  
Blogger Gilby said...

I had an unfortunate run-in with a racoon while dumpster diving several winters back. Scared the bejezus out of me. I still can't open a dumpster without flinching.

1/20/2007 3:04 PM  
Anonymous annie's brother said...

Hey, you went to college too. You know how big squirrels can get on the dumpster diet. A raccoon the size of a yeti isn't that strange. Plus, you're less than two miles from the river, so it's not unreasonable for the varmint to spend the day in the trees and go dumpster diving by night.

1/20/2007 8:05 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

In upstate Ny where I grew up we had raccoons in the storm drains of my city. They were huge and mean, even hissing at me as I rode by to school at 7am. Biggest one caught I know of was about 2 1/2 feet long without the tail. I'd hide if I were you.

1/23/2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger Shawn Kielty said...

Sasquatch -- yep -- that's definately a racoon. Cool pics though.

I had a racoon once frequently visit my place in the SF metro. So one day I go into this really small laundry room and close the door, and guess who's in it with me. That's right, a monkey sized racoon.

1/24/2007 2:31 AM  
Blogger X Bunny said...

i was going to say raccoon, too
but as that has clearly been taken

i'll go with wolverine

1/29/2007 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Annie's Mom said...

Hey, don't rule the wolverine out. Somebody trapped one in IOWA around 1960. No kidding, Iowa. Last time I looked you were closer to normal wolverine range than that.

1/30/2007 12:34 PM  
Blogger shawnkielty said...

It would be cool to see a wolverine.

2/02/2007 2:34 AM  
Blogger StevenCX said...

The monkey makes a much better story!

2/09/2007 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Luka said...

Yes it is racoon :)

4/05/2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger BikerB said...

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4/09/2007 4:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going with the raccoon theory. Though they are similiar to monkeys in my book.

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4/24/2007 10:52 AM  
Blogger shawnkielty said...

THe other night I heard some racoons having sex up in a tree. It was scary. Swear they sounded more like monkeys.

6/07/2007 2:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is clearly the print of the infamous Mountain Bob. Your average bobcat interbred with a rogue mountain lion... conspiracy theorists will dither over mad scientist involvement; f them, it's still you and this creature meeting in the street. stay inside.

9/11/2007 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

perhaps a monkey RIDING a racoon ?

4/17/2008 7:42 AM  
Blogger larsen_wolf said...

I beg to differ about the raccoon tracks. I think you have yourself an opossum. {http://www.bear-tracker.com/opossum.html}

4/23/2008 12:44 PM  

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