As I was driving home late the other night, near the long bridge across the wetlands surrounding the creek,I thought I saw a raccoon who had a dilutant gene... his tail was RED where a normal one was black, the body cream instead of beige. I attributed it to the late hours, only catching a quick glimpse, and forgot about it.
The next morning, as I passed the bridge where he'd tried to cross and turned back, I saw a dilutant, but very DEAD 3/4 grown raccoon on the opposite side of the bridge. I hope he was ONE OF A LITTER, and not the lone unique raccoon in the area. I felt saddened by the loss of what I think of as a rare color pattern for a raccoon. At least, that was the first time I'd ever seen one that shade.