Tatom bonds with wild raccoon over cornbread

first_img Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “I didn’t make any moves toward him and he kept coming a little closer each day,” Tatom said. “After about two months, the raccoon slowly made his way to the bottom porch step. Then, the next step, and the next, until he made his way onto the porch. Then, Tatom’s patience really paid off because not even a raccoon could resist the temptation of Southern cornbread.“Cornbread is powerful temptation,” Tatom said. “I’d pinched off a piece of cornbread and put it on a toothpick. At first, he just looked at it; then he took it and ran.”After that day, the raccoon was hooked on cornbread, fried Southern style. Each bite took him closer and closer to Tatom. Knowing the high-content of grease that flavors fried cornbread, Tatom decided to sweeten the pot for his furry friend,“I decided to see how he would like Fig Newtons and he liked them, too, but not as much as cornbread,” Tatom said. Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell With cornbread and Fig Newtons as bait, Tatom coaxed his raccoon buddy closer and closer to him. The raccoon ventured onto the wicker chair and soon was nuzzling next to Tatom.“When he started putting his paw on my lap, I knew I had a friend,” Tatom said.With their friendship came a concern. Tatom knew too much grease and too many sweets were not good for his raccoon.“Cornbread needed a balanced diet,” Tatom said, with a smile. “So, I started feeding him a balanced diet of wieners, cat food, cornbread and Fig Newtons. By this time, Cornbread was letting me stroke him like a cat would and even rub his belly.”Their friendship was cemented with cornbread.Cornbread visits his friend, Windley Wade Tatom, every day between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. They have a rather unique friendship, the man and the little “beast.” Cornbread has not lost his wild instincts and Tatom doesn’t want that to happen. Cornbread must know how to survive in the wild. Tatom looks forward to the afternoon visits from his little friend but he knows that one day, Cornbread will be “Gone! Gone! Back to the woods.”But when that does happen, Tatom will relish what he has learned from their unique friendship.“Three things are needed to form a strong bond of friendship,” Tatom said. “Gentleness, kindness and Southern cornbread.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Published 11:13 pm Friday, September 6, 2019 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitscenter_img Windley Wade Tatom knows the power of Southern cornbread.And, not just because he grew up in rural Pike County with cornbread in his paper sack lunch or a pone in his pocket and not because cornbread and cotton could “sucker” a fish. Windley Wade Tatom knows the power of Southern cornbread because of the unlikely friendship it fostered.It all started when Tatom was comfortably soaking in the sinking summer sun on the back porch in his wicker chair. Next Up“I noticed movement in the brush and thought it was an armadillo nudging around for food,” Tatom said. “I kept watching to see what it would do. But I soon saw it wasn’t an  armadillo; it was a raccoon, so I sat perfectly still. The raccoon saw me and, for a while, we just watched each other. Then, he went back and in the brush.”The next afternoon, at about the same time, Tatom took a seat on the wicker chair, soaking up the summer’s warmth and watching for the  raccoon. When the raccoon appeared, it kept an eagle eye on Tatom but it didn’t venture out of the brush. But the next day the raccoon “nosed” out of the brush. The next day it came out just a little farther. The next day and the next, a little farther until he was completely out of the brush.Tatom didn’t move any of the time.  He just sat with his eyes on the raccoon. Each day, the raccoon would inch just a little closer toward him. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Content Tatom bonds with wild raccoon over cornbread By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Robbery, kidnapping trial begins Monday A Trussville man will face trial beginning Monday on charges of kidnapping and robbing a man in Troy in February… read more Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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