Baby Raccoon Licking Bottlebrush Flowers

Baby Raccoon Running Bottlebrush Flowers Through Hands

Baby Raccoon Running Bottlebrush Flowers Through Hands

Baby Raccoon Licking Bottlebrush Flowers

Baby Raccoon Licking Bottlebrush Flowers

Baby Raccoon Sitting in Weeping Bottlebrush Tree

Baby Raccoon Sitting in Weeping Bottlebrush Tree

Now this was a sight that I never thought I would see in our garden.  I looked out the front window before dusk and saw baby raccoon licking bottlebrush flowers!  He was running the soft red flower stamens through his hands and licking the “brushes” like popsicles.  Precious!  Bottlebrush is in the genus Callistemon, which means “beautiful stamens”.  This showy small tree attracts plenty of wildlife, including bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and warblers.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

7 Responses to Baby Raccoon Licking Bottlebrush Flowers

  1. Very cool Pam! Love the photos – who can resist a baby raccoon? Do you think he was after the moisture or is there a sweetness to the stamens? ~Terri

    • Pam says:

      The stamens have very sweet nectar. I caught him at it again last night! I’d lick it myself to try it, but would need an untouched flower! 🙂

  2. elisa ruland says:

    I wonder if they taste sweet like honeysuckle flowers? I love his little hands…so sweet!

    • Pam says:

      I love his little hands too – always touching everything along the way. Maybe next year I can cover some flowers so they will be fresh and unlicked and I can taste them too. 🙂

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