Really strange things in the night
I have always been aware of the neighborhood wildlife and have seen some weird things but I must admit I am baffled. A few nights ago I was sitting at the dining room table which is separated from the porch by a glass wall when a medium to large opossum threw itself at the glass. I thought it was going to come through it but it finally pushed itself into the corner behind some flowerpots. It was absolutely terrified and it huddled there for some time, then after repeatedly checking the porch, it climbed into a large planter and stayed there for over an hour when I stopped checking on it.
The next day I opened the door to the porch and to my shock there was a dead raccoon just outside the door. It was lying on it's back and there was a fairly neat 5 inch long vertical slash in it's belly. It probably weighed 12 to 15 pounds and was more than a year old, probably 20 months.
Now I have had time to think about it and have checked the porch and much of the yard, I am baffled about the whole thing. There was no blood. The body and fur were not bloody. I couldn't find any trace of a fight. The gash in the belly was almost like an incision and there was no blood at all in the wound although the innards were clearly visible. All the organs and intestines were still neatly in place. I saw no other wounds. The body was not limp but it was not particularly stiff either. The paw pads were soft. There was no odor.
The opossum must be blameless. It is smaller than the raccoon and has always been cautious around them but was never terrified as it was that night and the raccoons have never been aggressive towards the opossum. It could not have dragged the raccoon onto the porch. There was no evidence of dragging anyway. I had spilled some perlite on the porch and had not cleaned it up and it would have been disturbed.
Please make some suggestions as to the cause of the raccoons death and how the it wound up on my porch. There must have been a preditor of some sort to scare the opossum so much since it has never been scared by me or the raccoons. When I was around and the opossum felt threatened it would hide behind me. That might explain why it ran into the glass and hid in that corner. I was about 3 feet away from the glass. I was only 8 to 10 feet away from where the body was left and I was clearly visible to anything on the porch. Sandy