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They call Eddy Lawrence the “Pied Piper of Rac­coons.”

The New York man — us­ing a Na­tive flute tune — drew more than two dozen of the ras­cally ban­dits from their hid­ing spots in up­state St. Lawrence County.

In the video he posted on so­cial me­dia, the crit­ters ap­pear trans­fixed by the tune as Lawrence played on. By the time he wrapped up the num­ber, there were dozens of the garbage ban­dits sur­round­ing him.

And as the song ended, it seemed the spell it put on the rac­coons ebbed and they scam­pered back into the for­est.

Lawrence told In­side Edi­tion the song was a tra­di­tional Na­tive Amer­i­can tune called Rac­coon Dance.

“They didn’t dance but they came around to see what was go­ing on,” he said. “The flute is a very mel­low in­stru­ment and it seemed to have re­as­sured them that it was okay.”

Skep­tics said it wasn’t Lawrence’s chops on the flute: They reckon the rac­coons thought it was din­ner time.


Rac­coon Pied Piper Eddy Lawrence in ac­tion.

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