Mudcat Café message #3951579 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24300   Message #3951579
Posted By: Charmion
19-Sep-18 - 07:51 AM
Thread Name: How many Mudcats have cats!?
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
When city-wide collection of organic garbage for composting was introduced in Ottawa, special green wheelie bins with solidly latched lids were distributed, one per household. The nannyish cleaning instructions that came with ours assured us that the latch was proof against raccoons so the bin could safely be left outside.

Within a week, the Ottawa Citizen published a feature story, complete with photos, by a reporter who rigged infra-red cameras around his green bin. Two raccoons were immortalized in the act of prying the lid open; one, clearly reacting to camera noise, is looking over his shoulder with an expression that says, "Do you mind? We're working here!"

We lived close to the Rideau River, where raccoons and skunks abound, so our green bin lived in the garage and never saw the great outdoors until the morning of garbage day.