Acrylic, Fabric, Thread, Story
Although the small street I lived on was in the middle of my town, in the summer
of 2014 it seemed to play host to a fantastic character. There were the usual stray
cats, birds, and dogs; I had never met an animal like Daikun. In the early days of
summer, the only evidence of Daikun’s existence was the occasional flash out of the
corner of my eye, or a scratching sound I could hear outside my bedroom at night.
As the days lengthened and most animals chose to rest instead of venturing out in
the 100 degree heat, I finally came face to face with Daikun. She skittered across
the road in broad daylight, surprisingly quick for how plump she was, her ringed
tail trailing behind her on the hot asphalt.
After some information crowd-sourcing, I discovered that raccoons, although
nocturnal, would venture out at all hours to find food when pregnant. Some
sleuthing led me to find that Daikun was living under my house; we were virtually
housemates. I had a soft spot in my heart for the adventurous rascal, so I kept an
eye on her and named her Day-Coon, a name that eventually morphed into
Daikun after I shared photos of her online.
A month after I first met her, I saw her approaching a bowl of cat food intended
for stray cats and feared for the worst. The cats were feral and pushy, often a little
aggressive with one another, and I wasn’t sure the incredibly pregnant Daikun
could handle herself in a fight. She pranced up the stairs of my neighbor’s back
porch and sat back on her haunches, retrieving pieces of food with her paws and
nibbling at them like a refined woman at tea-time. The cats around her paid little
attention, moving over to create space for the expectant mother. I don’t think I’ll
ever get the image of three stray cats and a pregnant raccoon sharing a bowl of
kibble in the Louisiana sun. They continued sharing for weeks after that, until one
Daikun vanished. I like to think she and her kits are in another part of that town,
sharing kibble and causing confusing wherever they go.
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