Raccoons Emerge from Woods and Flock to Man When He Starts Playing Tune


To some animal lovers, the thought of being in the forest and surrounded by a raccoon family sounds reminiscent of a fairy tale.

Maybe you’re like the character Snow White, who would love to spend a day chatting gracefully with the forest creatures while perhaps even singing a tune.

While not everyone views the company of a raccoon as desirable, this musician from upstate New York certainly does.

Meet Eddy Lawrence, a self-proclaimed “pied piper” of some raccoons in the dense New York woods.

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Lawrence, who is a singer-songwriter, recently learned to play the Native American flute. The musician took his flute out into nature to play a little tune.

Standing near a path in the woods with no raccoons in sight, Lawrence began to play his flute.

Lawrence told Inside Edition he played a Native American tune called “Raccoon Dance.”

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As the music sang through the trees, the raccoons came out of the woods, crossed the dirt path, and headed straight for Lawrence.

Lawrence posted a video of the raccoons he successfully summoned on Sept. 20. The video quickly captivated viewers from across the globe.

Lawrence told Inside Edition that the group of raccoons seemed very curious about his music.

“They didn’t dance but they came around to see what was going on,” he said.

Perhaps it was the flute’s gentle, calm tones that attracted the raccoons to rush out of the woods.

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“The flute is a very mellow instrument and it seemed to have them reassured them that it was okay,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence added that he’s still a beginning flute player, and has only been playing the Native American flute for about a month.

Viewers have had mixed reactions to the video. Some wildlife enthusiasts are delighted at the thought of being surrounded by some raccoons.

“I’ve decided this is the life I want,” one Facebook user said.

Others found the sight to be a little unsettling, wanting nothing to do with the animal that has known to be aggressive, violent and always hungry.

“Like Pavlov’s dogs,” commented one viewer on Facebook. “Look at the size of those raccoons!”

Would you prefer to be up close and personal with these animals, or would you rather stay away?

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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