Raccoon after a victorious hunt
This raccoon and its two siblings were hunting grasshoppers along the side of the trail. I saw this one and one other catch one each.
Unfortunately, I scared one of the two who had managed to catch a grasshopper away and he left his catch behind (hopefully he can forgive me, though, because I was a bit dehydrated and rushing back to the water fountain... stupid me didn't factor in the return trip when rationing my water...).
The raccoon, ''Procyon lotor'', also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm and a body weight of 3.5 to 9 kg.