While bringing in the hummingbird feeders at dusk I caught some movement in my peripheral vision and was surprised to see a Ringtail on the roof of our shed. I’d never seen one here but the Texas Hill Country seems to be part of their natural territory. He (or she, who knows?) quickly jumped into the trees and Loretta and I both watched as he traveled through the treetops. It’s an impressive sight. They look something like a raccoon with the dexterity of a monkey.
A few evenings later I waited on our back deck with camera in hand and managed to catch him as he emerged from the shed. It was a lot darker than these photos make it look. The raw images needed a big exposure boost in post to be able to see anything.
I can’t say I’m delighted with having a Ringtail living in the attic of the shed and I may need to find a way to humanely evict him, but there isn’t much up there he can hurt. There’s no wiring there and what we have stored is either indestructible or expendable. My old game camera conked out, but after I get a new one I’ll set it to observe the shed for a few nights so I can figure out the Ringtail’s schedule and perhaps develop an eviction plan.
On the other hand, they are reported to be good at pest control. Miners kept them as pets for that purpose and with our feral cat colony gone it wouldn’t hurt to have someone on mouse patrol.
Anyway, he’s a cute little guy (or she’s a cute little gal). And that’s quite a tail.
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