We've started feeding the outdoor cats before dark so they get to eat before the raccoons come out. This works pretty well, except for one raccoon who sometimes shows up before dark to eat with the cats. Drat. One of the cats was late coming up for dinner tonight, so right after dark I stepped out to put out more dry food for her. As soon as I stepped back in the house and shut the door I heard a commotion. Momma Raccoon and six babies had swarmed onto the porch and were growling and snarling over the food. Pushing and shoving occurred as well. Raccoons obviously have no table manners. Most of the time they didn't even look up when I shot pictures, but I did get some of their faces.
The night really does have eyes. Mom is in the upper left and all six babies are shown. One is mostly hidden on the right.
This is the runt and the shyest of the babies. Mom is on the right. She is very thin. At some angles I could see her ribs. Nursing all these babies is taking a toll.
Mom was a little scary. I was holding the camera at arms reach and she kept darting up to it. I think she thought it was food.