In A View From The Zoo, Gary Richmond, a former zoo keeper, tells about an experience a friend had with a raccoon. He explains that raccoons go through a glandular change at about 24 months. After that they often attack their owners. A 30-pound raccoon can be equal to a 100-pound dog in a scrap. Richmond felt compelled to warn this young friend of his named Julie of the change coming to her pet raccoon. She listened politely as he explained the coming danger. She responded by saying what people always say, “It will be different for me...” And she smiled as she added, “Bandit wouldnt hurt me. He just wouldnt.” Three months later Julie underwent plastic surgery for facial lacerations sustained when Bandit attacked her for no apparent reason.