Woman Not Prepared for What She Finds in Yard—’Not My Cat, Not My Raccoon’

Woman Not Prepared for What She Finds in Yard—’Not My Cat, Not My Raccoon’

A wildlife photographer, in the comfort of her home, just so happened to be at the right place at the right time to capture what could very well be the next Disney movie.

Danni Olson woke up early on November 17 to photograph some wildlife in San Carlos Park, Florida. Her vision was that the foggy morning would’ve made a perfect setup for a woodpecker to perch on the tree in her backyard.

As she ran inside to grab her camera, her mom pointed over toward the neighbor’s yard. A raccoon came out. Olson told Newsweek she slipped quickly and quietly out from the screen door, inching ever so closely to the raccoon.

“The raccoon was hanging out and I’m watching,” she said. “We’re having a chill moment and then the black cat comes out.”

Stray cat and raccoon together
Photos captured by wildlife photographer of a stray cat and raccoon. She was able to spot these two in the comfort of her backyard.
Danni Olson/Danni Does Photos

The unlikely duo sat together, waiting and posing for the camera. Olson said the raccoon even started nibbling on the cat’s ear like they were “play fighting.” And much to anyone’s surprise, the cat allowed this to happen.

As soon as she captured the photos, Olson edited them and posted them online. She truly couldn’t believe what she caught on camera, especially because it was not her cat and not her raccoon.

The November 17 Facebook post, which was shared on the Fort Myers Life group page, brought in over 20,000 likes. Olson said she shared it on Reddit as well where it had over 40,000 upvotes.

People were stunned by this once-in-a-lifetime photo, which she credits to her “animal magnetism.” The animals seemingly always come to her. Since these photos were taken, Olson has only seen these two animals separately, but it warms her heart to know they live somewhere in the neighborhood.

One viewer commented: “I didn’t know cats and raccoons could be friends this is absolutely precious.”

“Really cool pic. That cat definitely has helped raise the raccoon,” said another.

The only negative feedback she received was from people saying it looked like AI. Well, she thought it was negative at first, but has since found it to be a compliment.

The reason why the picture might look distorted is because she was snapping the photos behind chicken wire, Olson explained. That will cause the photo to waver.

This “sheer dumb luck” turned out to be one of Olson’s favorite photos she’s even taken. She listed it in her top five.

“I have imposter syndrome for real,” Olson said. “To see that it is actually being recognized solidifies I’m on the right path. I’m meant to keep taking these photos.”

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