Unmasked. Unfullfilled promises. Little hearts broken.
Bad economy. Few options. Hopes dashed.
Even willing to appear for as little as ham and cabbage meal.
(At least it’s not mom and dad nagging.)
It should be a happy time – with smiles and steps toward a bright future in the darkness
Expecting an instant Paris Hilton lifestyle?
Shoot, even following in her wake, if not on her arm, would have been OK. But apparently pocket pooches get priority – and designer outfits. A dog!
Living the non-national-chain-needing-to-be-refurbished motel lifestyle. Mom’s summer macaroni salad instead of French epicurean delicacies.
There has to be way.
Not wishing to pool with friends for a place. Sleep on a couch and share a bath? (Shiver.) Not good to lower standards. No nice place to hang out with friends. And there’s the rummaging for food. The thought of foraging among non-designer grocery stores. What? Use coupons? Dented cans are cheaper? What about dumpsters and garbage cans? (Joking, right?)
Oh, but foreign destinations are reaching out.
Encouraging. The beguiling promises. There’s a place just for you! We’ll take care of you! Here, you will be considered exotic. A rarity! Cherished!
Only to have hopes of a great future dashed.
Labeled negatively: invasive.
Tuesday the trap was sprung. Police officers in Ebina, Kanagawa Prececture, Japan, raided the house where six of the fugitives had been spotted. A small organic meal did the trick. Three of them were captured; three others fled.
Last year five were captured, so the increase is a concern. There’s the Japanese ecosystems to consider.
Originally thought to have arrived as pets, raccoons have been named an invasive species. Imports and breeding are prohibited.
The home owner, 84, told officials “I first thought they were tanuki raccoon dogs. As I heard raccoons are aggressive, I was surprised and anxious (after learning they were raccoons.)”
Raccoons generally do not misrepresent themselves.
They were sought out. None of them paid the air fare.
Merely pawns looking for a better life?
Small paws looking for a hand-up? A handout?
Maybe looking for love?
(Who doesn’t desire a pet now and then?)
Will the remaining masked fugitives be lured by a free meal?
Will it be their last meal?
Their crime: falling under the mysterious spell of Japan’s exotic beauty.
Trapped by a story,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.
Japanese Raccoon Dog or tanuki. A creature found in Japanese folklore since ancient times.