The Prowler – Racoon
Robert Bateman Hand Signed Limited Edition Print 12″ x 12″
Edition Size: 950
“Raccoons prowl. Like the human prowler, they invade people’s private spaces. Of course, raccoons do not recognize private property. Your world is their world. Urban areas of North America are bountiful foraging grounds from the raccoon point of view. My birthplace, the city of Toronto, has a huge raccoon population but when I was a boy they were relatively scarce animals. A sighting of this furry beast was somewhat special.
In those days I did what I now know is not a good idea, I kept some wild ‘pets’ … one crow, two screech owls and one raccoon. We took the raccoon from his nest before his eyes were open … fed him from a doll’s bottle, then on pablum and finally human food plus dog food and the odd frog or crayfish. He semi-hibernated during his first (and, sadly, only) winter and in spring he escaped his cage. He found his way to some big trees in a backyard across the ravine behind my house. The woman of the house thought it was such a remarkable event that she phoned the radio station and they actually put the raccoon discovery on the evening news. She also phoned the Humane Society and they came and captured him. We got word of this and went there to claim him. Unfortunately he had caught distemper there and passed away in May, barely a year old.
This painting shows another prowler around another dwelling. At our present home we have two apple trees and a luxuriant grape vine. Every harvest season when we plan to let the fruits ripen for another few days the racoons beat us to it. We have never won. We think that the fruits belong to us. The raccoons have a different opinion.” – Robert Bateman
(From the original painting The Prowler – Racoon – 2004 – 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on Board)