Posts Tagged ‘raccoon’

The Cute Raccoons of the Legion of Honor Go Viral – a Worldwide Sensation

Monday, November 16th, 2009

San Francisco’s hungry raccoons are delighting the online world the world over, entertaining millions with their poses of masked banditry. And why not – aren’t they cute?

Here’s another view from the camera of shutterbug Stephen Thompson. It was 2:00 AM at the Legion of Honor museum:

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And here’s the full story. Dude jogs around town in the midnight hour carrying his point-and-shoot camera in a sock. Bravo. 

But these photos were taken in 2006. They hung around as 1′s and 0′s until Stephen posted them to Flickr a few months back. Then, they were noticed by the Fantastic Mr. FoxAndrew Fox, Webmaster at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF). He made a post to the FAMSF Facebook and then the rest is history.

Are these gorgeous but fiesty raccoons now the cutest animals in San Francisco?

Maybe.

But remember, we’ll always have Parrots.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill that is:

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Click to expand, it gets big. From 2005, above Telegraph Hill. Remember this day? The parrots wore green, you wore blue.

Thanks for posting your photos, Stephen Thompson.

The Bagels of Lincoln Park: Do They Come From New York via the Lincoln Highway?

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Not sure who’s behind this bagel ritual at the plaza of San Francsico’s Lincoln Park, right near the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Saw this type of scene a few times before. Maybe some raccoon or pigeon lover with a regular supply of old bagels is trying to a feeding using the railing of the overlook?

Dozens of bagels, ritually arrayed. What does it mean?

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I like to think that Lincoln Highway enthusiasts buy bagels at Times Square at the start of their trips and then deposit the bagels in San Francisco as a gift of love.

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Maybe…

Do MUNI Bus Drivers Feed Raccoons at Night? Signs Point to YES

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Via the Legion of Honor’s Facebook, comes a link to this outstanding capture from Plomomedia’s Flickr Photostream.

Here it is full-size.

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Of course, there are scores of raccoons in the area. But is there a reason that this gaze would congregate at a Yelp-rated #18 46th Ave bus?

Well, if the well-paid gardeners and maintenance workers of Strybing Arboretum carry around cans of catfood for the red foxes, why can’t bus operators have a little fun too?

Masked Bandit Caught at San Francisco Fine Arts Museum

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Caught on film, that is. This cute raccoon felt right at home cruising around the grounds of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. Raccoons seem to love living on the streets of the City, so there’s a lot of them around. Especially at night.

The NIMBYs must have had a fit when they saw this glass pyramid on the grounds of a historic museum: 

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Sometimes, it’s a regular raccoon party up there.  So be on the lookout for these “pushing hungry” critters the next time you’re doing an illicit midnight photo shoot at the ‘zeum.

The vary same bandit, from last year:

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via panavatar’s photostream 

But San Francisco wants you to stay away from these wild animals, on account of the possibilty of them transmitting rabies. Fair enough.