Raccoons the Sly Scavengers

in photography •  last year

Raccoons are curious creatures. They can adapt to the various environment for survival. I visited a local park and found them.
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Even with such sharp teeth and claws, raccoons are omnivorous. One-third of their diet are plants.

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Raccoons' bandit mask often associated the creatures with mischiefs. People in the city often find them raiding trash cans for foods.

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The black mask actually helps them see better at night. Black color does not reflect light. It reduces glare coming into their eyes.

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The black mask also works as a camouflage. You know how soldiers paint their face black? It's for the same reason.

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If you ever find one, be careful approaching. A raccoon's teeth and claws are likely infectious with diseases.

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Raccoons can stay in a small group with no problem. They like having friends.

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Scientists categorized raccoons' intelligence to be similar to foxes' and monkeys'. They can operate basic tools such as opening containers like the human.


Here's a raccoon using a rock to make knocking sound for foods. (Video not taken by me)

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Perhaps this one is contemplating on something.

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If you want to find raccoons, the best time is at dusk or night time. They are nocturnal. At night, their eyes will reflect light. So it's easy to spot one.

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Hope you guys enjoy the raccoon photos. Photos taken with Panasonic GX8 with Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 with a 1.4 teleconverter.

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Thoroughly enjoyed your post. We once had a pet racoon that was rescued from a tree as land was being cleared. We raised it on a a doll's toy bottle and it became an important member of the family interacting much like a cat.

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Thank you. A raccoon looks like more fun than a cat. I like how they make funny gestures with their hands.