FORT WALTON BEACH — Nancy Hatch and her husband Tom kept seeing the net protecting their koi pond caved in and just had to know what was trying to get in it.
Last weekend they placed a camera near the pond at their Pocahontas Drive home and were delighted the next day at what they had found.
A raccoon decided to take a swim and apparently a bath.
"He sat on the edge and washed his little hands just like a person would. He was thoroughly enjoying it," Hatch said.
She said that none of the koi or oranda fish were taken, but the raccoon decided to eat some plants.
"He had it hanging out of his mouth like a cigarette. I thought it was delightful," she said.
Hatch and her husband enjoyed the video and thought others would enjoy it as well. She shared it on the neighborhood social media app Nextdoor.
The post said, "FREE RACOON. Meanwhile in the middle of Covid in my backyard! In my little goldfish pond. If you need a laugh."
It received dozens of positive reactions and was shared to 23 neighborhoods. Some of the comments said, "Too funny, he needed a dip," and "Too cute."
Hatch said they are keeping the camera on the pond at night, just in case the raccoon decides to take another swim.
Until then, she said she tacked up the net over the pond a little tighter.