2005_08_raccoons.jpgEarlier this week, a New Jersey raccoon decided to visit the big city and hitched a ride on a bus. The bus driver was taken aback when he saw the two-foot raccoon "walking up the aisle to the front of the bus" while driving along 11th Avenue in Midtown. The police helped out by apprehending the stowaway and taking her to Animal Control; a detective guessed, "It probably climbed into a window overnight, seeking shelter." Yes, with the murder rate going down, detectives are studying animal behavior.

The Daily News also focused on shooting victim Farshad Eshigi's black cat (also named Eshigi). Eshigi was shot outside Midtown store that sells candy and Tasti-D-Lite, and the cat seems to live at the store, since it's now locked up there. A friend said the Eshigi felt the cat was good luck; perhaps so, since Eshigi is awake, though in serious condition.

Finally, a woman was bitten by a rabid skunk when she "tried to comfort" it in New Jersey. The skunk had been in a fight with a dog, and while it's sweet the woman wanted to make sure the skunk was okay, shouldn't a childhood of watching Pepe Le Pew cartoons lesson enough?