Central Park Racoon.
Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George [larger view].
The photograher writes:
I am offering this image from my “Almost Too Cute For Words File.” Last year my holiday offering was also of a Raccoon. That’s not surprising as they are one of my favorite photographic subjects. I am not well acquainted with this particular critter though I have reason to believe that we did meet when he or she was extremely young. I had lost track of a female I knew had a newborn cub when she abandoned her den after a storm deposited broken tree limbs too close to her den. A friend told me she had relocated a short distance away but I never could relocate her or her cub. That is until now, I think.