1. Raccoon mating is loud and rough. So what looks like fighting is them getting it on.

    Video proof: Just a link, not embedded this time, because…well, it’s a raccoon Arlo, so I don’t want anyone who doesn’t want to see it to see it. https://youtu.be/K9hkXJvDlPU

  2. The next two panels (not shown here) have him looking at a pair of black widow spiders, and then praying mantises.

  3. P.S. I was hoping that the plural of “mantis” would be something like in Latin (“praying mantissa” has a nice sound), but alas, no.

  4. At one point years ago, we were living on the second floor, and there was a tree RIGHT outside our kitchen window. Like, if you opened the window and the window screen, you could reach out and touch it.

    Which means that, late one warm spring night we were woken up a truly horrific sound that apparently came from our kitchen. When i grabbed a baseball bat and checked it out, I discovered that it wasn’t inside, fortunately, and that the screen was still in place so nobody had entered, but I DID get to see raccoon mating from far, far too close.

    The tree itself was seriously damaged. That whole limb was broken enough that the landlord had to have someone come and saw it off.

    The point is that not only do I understand this comic, I assure you it’s more accurate than not. Other than it should be in a tree rather than on the ground, and at night rather than during than the day.

  5. Some people would say about the raccoon relationship: “At least they’re together.”

    Which can be both an optimistic, and somewhat cynical, observation to make.

  6. So the artist has actually depicted explicit raccoon sex, as if this were an “underground” comic?

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