Stanley Park has a good population of Racoons that have become accustomed to human presence and rather than being nocturnal many will come out during the daylight hours. Late afternoon was recommended as the best time to spot one so we arrived in the park around midday and cycled around it on the lookout, around 4pm we finally came across this individual who was simply wondering around amongst people looking for food.
It is not a good idea to feed wild animals in Canada, especially mammals so we simply sat back and observed him, however even unzipping my camera bag resulted in him coming to investigate, he had no fear of human presence and despite refusing to feed him he continued to hang around as a small group of tourists gathered, I used this opportunity to not only get some simple portraits but also make use of my wide angle lens to capture a ‘unique’ view of him as he sniffed around the ground and my shoes in the hope of finding something.
After a while he lost interest in us, climbed onto a fallen tree across a small stream and started to doze off! We only saw 1 other Racoon in the park that day, an individual that ran in front of us as we were cycling and didn’t hang around so I am glad I made the most of this opportunity, we didn’t see another Racoon for the rest of the trip either.