Even though it has started to rain occasionally, the raccoon kits still visit my basin of clean water. Although whether the purity of the water matters to them is doubtful.
|Now they're big enough to tip over the basin and drink the water off the ground.|
They are still too small to reach the bird bath. (Notice the wet paw print on the side of the clay pots that form the bath*.)
For comparison, here they are a while ago:
|July 5th, still being led about by an anxious mother. One of four kits.|
|Three of the four out on their own, July 20th. The basin comes to the top of their front legs.|
Now, almost six weeks later, the basin top is below their knees. They've stretched out; their noses are longer and less pointy.
*The bird bath is made of two large clay pots, bottom to bottom, held together by a stick through the holes in the base, and weighted with half a pot of rocks, to keep the raccoons from tipping it over. A clay pot tray makes the bath itself.