Baby Raccoon Giving a High-Five

This is not my video… here is what the original post says about this video.

This is baby Kit who learned within five minutes to give a “high five”. We taught her this so we could have her lay still while we could take a look at a possible injury on her right side which has healed up since this video was taken.

Throughout the video you’ll hear a click sound, which serves as a marker when training, meaning “That is correct; a reward is following.” Animals who are taught with this method will learn new behaviours (aka tricks) incredibly at a rapid rate and thus will try to figure out how to get the trainer to make the “clicking” sound to earn their rewards; this is very fun for them as it engages their “seeking circuit”. Kit was extremely fast to catch on.

FYI: Groups of raccoons use our terrace as part of their thoroughfare on their way to and from home. Kit is just one out of a handful of raccoon families who enjoy stopping by to play and lounge here.

We are fortunate to be able to observe a variety of wildlife since we reside next to a protected preserve where raccoons are one of the many animals consider it home. I photograph and make video recordings to identify each as well as study their behaviours. We hope you will also enjoy watching this video of the close encounter of our charming furry friends.

Please note that none of the raccoons are our pets thus please follow your local wildlife guidelines for the safety of humans and animal wildlife alike.

Additional note: I’m very well aware of the dangers of interacting with wild animals since I professionally work with a variety of dangerous wild species. No children nor pets are ever harmed, especially the wild animals captured in these videos.

© 2012 Rio Fun Entertainment
Camera: iPhone 5

Too good not to share

I wanted to share this video, its a few months old but today was the first time I saw it in a newsletter for the Hockomock Y.

Team Hoyt has been and will continue to be an inspiration for anyone who hears about them and learns of their story.  Rick was born as a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy due to oxygen complications during his mother’s pregnancy.  His parents defied the recommendation of medical staff and worked to have their son included in everyday activities we take for granted.

Rick and Dick ran their first race in 1977, with Rick being pushed in his wheelchair.  Since then they have been involved in over 1,000 races; including marathons and triathlons.  They have used their story to help others over and over again.  I can only hope one day to have even a fraction of their influence on the world around them.

Team Hoyt and the Hockomock Y

To learn more about Rick and Dick Hoyt check out their website!