NEW YORK (CNN) - Wearing a mask around its eyes, it walked a tightrope. No, not some costumed performer, a raccoon. Feast your eyes on the sight of a wild raccoon upright, walking a tightrope.
Usually you see them in your garbage, but when Mavis Knight looked out her kitchen window and saw what this raccoon was doing, she thought, "My eyes were playing funny with me. I actually rubbed my eyes like this and looked out again."
There, outside her Toronto home, she saw a raccoon upright, using utility wires as a tightrope. Very, very clever eh?
She figured her husband might not believe her story so she took out her phone to document it. "It's going, it's going," going from the tree in Mavis' yard to trees a football field or so away. "Rodney Rope "
Now sure you can see plenty of trained animals walk a tightrope on YouTube, like Rodney the rat. It took 9 months of training for Ozzydog to do this. And a circus can teach a goat to walk a rope, with a monkey on its back.
But a wild raccoon? It's so clever It's actually got some brains. Raccoons are known for having extremely dexterous, hypersensitive front paws.
In honor of its daring hijinks, one YouTuber added James Bond music. But it was less 007, more flying Wallenda. You know, Nik Wallenda, the daredevil who crossed Niagara Falls last summer on a high wire.
The trip took flying Wallenda 25 minutes. It took flying Raccoona 1 minute. Flying Wallenda held a balancing pole. Flying Raccoona clutched a second wire. Flying Wallenda was required to wear a safety harness, no harness for flying Raccoona.
When flying Wallenda made it to the other side, he pumped a fist and blew a kiss, but we swoon for the no drama raccoon.