Despite being labelled "Dogs of the sea" the Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, walrus') closest living relatives are actually Bears, Weasels, Raccoons and Skunks. dtmag.com/thelibrary/pinn…
Raccoons are not native to Germany. They were brought there in the 1920s for their pelts. During World War II, an Allied bomb hit a raccoon farm wall, allowing a dozen or so to escape. Today, German cities are being overrun by millions of raccoons! dw.com/en/raccoons-take-t…
On Thanksgiving 1926, President Calvin Coolidge pardoned the raccoon meant for dinner, named her Rebecca and kept her as a pet at the White House. An escape artist, she often led staff on chases throughout the president's home and loved to sit in a bathtub and play with a bar of soap. whitehousehistory.org/rac…
Today I learned about Rebecca Coolidge, President Coolidge's pet raccoon who was originally going to be served as a Thanksgiving meal, but was kept as a pet because of her friendly nature. They also had another raccoon named Reuben that was gifted to keep Rebecca company. presidentialpetmuseum.com…
That, not too long ago, raccoon was a favourite treat for Thanksgiving feasts. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
There are such things as raccoon dogs, which are neither raccoons or dogs (although they are part of the Canid family.) They regularly climb trees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
Raccoons in the wild only have a lifespan of two to three years. This is typically due to being hit by cars, diseases, and hunting. However, in captivity they can live up to 20 years. pbs.org/wnet/nature/racco…
Herbert Hoover had a feral opossum named Billy Possum that lived in a treehouse that Calvin Coolidge had built for their raccoon Rebecca, who was originally given as a gift and was intended to be eaten at Thanksgiving before the family decided to keep her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Raccoons in Toronto, Canada have issues with obesity and diabetes dailyhive.com/toronto/tor…
In 1926 President Calvin Coolidge was given a raccoon to eat for Thanksgiving dinner, but he chose to keep it as a pet and named it Rebecca atlasobscura.com/articles…
Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy was named for the Beatles song, Rocky Raccoon. The title of Rocket's first Marvel appearance was "Now Somewhere In The Black Holes of Sirius Major There Lived a Young Boy Name of Rocket Raccoon!", a play on the opening lyric of the song. looper.com/14156/guardian…
Synanthropes are species of wild animal or plant that lives near, and benefits from, an association with human beings and the habitats that people create. Examples of synanthropes are pigeons, raccoons and rats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
In November 1926, President Calvin Coolidge pardoned a raccoon intended for his Thanksgiving dinner and adopted it as a presidential pet. history.com/news/the-than…
In 1926 President Coolidge and his wife were gifted a raccoon as a Thanksgiving dinner gift. They did not want to eat her, so they named Rebecca and kept her as a pet. She had free range of The White House and would go on trips with the couple. whitehousehistory.org/rac…
When a random raccoon died in Toronto, people started paying their respects to it and build a small memorial with flowers and candles, even a picture, until the city took away the raccoon corpse. boredpanda.com/dead-racco…
The word "raccoon" was adopted into English from the native Powhatan term, as used in the Colony of Virginia. It was recorded on John Smith's list of Powhatan words as aroughcun, and on that of William Strachey as arathkone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
Today I learned about the Tanuki, a Japanese folklore creature that is referred to as the Raccoon Dog. Its most distinguishing characteristic is their large, magical pair of testicles that it used as a hat, umbrella, boat or drum. They are known as tricksters or bringers of good luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Baylisascaris or "Raccoon Roundworm" can infected humans and other mammals through ingestion of Raccoon feces. The larvae migrate to the brains and eyes and cause damage making the organism easier prey for the raccoon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
Japan is infested with invasive North American Raccoons, due to the popularity of the 1977 Cartoon series "Rascal the Raccoon". Thousands of Japanese adopted Raccoons, only to let them into the wild when they proved to be poor pets. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Winner American Biochemist, who invented PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technique, held high belief in 'Astrology' and had an encounter with an extraterrestrial in the form of a fluorescent raccoon. He used to self-test novel psychoactive substances too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Raccoons invaded Japan originally, because they're cute! They are not native. tofugu.com/japan/raccoons…
The character Rocket Raccoon of the Guardians of the Galaxy was inspired by the Beatles' 1968 song 'Rocky Raccoon' from their White Album comicbookwire.com/comic-c…
Raccoons in an experiment were able to open 11 of 13 locks in fewer than 10 tries and had no problems repeating the action when the locks were rearranged or turned upside down. They could also remember the solutions to tasks for 3 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
President Coolidge and his wife had a pet raccoon named Rebecca who lived with them in the White House. Rebecca was supposed to be eaten for 1926 Thanksgiving dinner, but they adopted her instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
A children's book about raccoons, that got turned into a cartoon, has led Japan to have a problem with raccoons. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Up to 1,500 raccoons were imported to Japan as pets each year after the success of the anime series Rascal the Raccoon (1977). In 2004, the descendants of discarded or escaped animals lived in 42 of 47 prefectures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
Many heroes hosted the venom symbiote including Rocket Raccoon, Wolverine and Dr. Strange. cbr.com/superheroes-infec…
The word for Raccoon (Araiguma) in Japanese literally translates to "Washing (Arau) Bear (Kuma)" due to their habit of washing food. bestiary.japanesewithanim…
Raccoons were able to open 11 of 13 complex locks in fewer than 10 tries and had no problems repeating the action when the locks were rearranged or turned upside down. They can also remember the solutions to tasks for up to 3 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
The Nazis introduced raccoons to Germany on purpose, leading to some animal control issues and funny tabloid headlines about Nazi Racoons and the Furry Blitzkrieg dw.com/en/nazi-raccoons-o…
Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons have decimated the wildlife of the Everglades, the number of native mammals – raccoons, mice, rats, deer, wildcats – fell by between 87% and 99% (depending on the creature) in areas known to be infested with pythons between 2003 and 2011. 1843magazine.com/features…
The tanuki, also known as "japanese raccoon dog", is neither a raccoon or a dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Many companies, including Sean John, have been caught mislabeling raccoon dog fur as faux fur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
In 1827, William Forsyth bought a schooner called Michigan. He filled it with a buffalo, 2 small bears, 2 raccoons, and a dog. After the schooner went adrift, the 2 bears jumped free and swam to Goat Island. The rest of the animals perished going over Niagara Falls. niagarafallsinfo.com/niag…
From 1933 until 1977 there was a Presidential Yacht, but it was sold off by Jimmy Carter, and today raccoons live in it. townandcountrymag.com/lei…
Today I learned about the Olinguito, a member of the raccoon family, which was the the first new carnivoran mammal described in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years when was it first discovered in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Early species of whales lived on land, had four legs and fur, and were the size of a raccoon or domestic cat. As they evolved, they were able to drink salt water and their nostrils gradually moved to the top of their head, forming the blow hole stories.anmm.gov.au/whale…
Raccoons interact using over 200 different vocal sounds, including purring! youtu.be/luzM5xrp53s
Studies of Raccoon's showed that they can solve complex locks in less than 10 tries, and remember task solutions for up to three years. Their North American population has also increased up to 20 times since 1930. And they travel in same sex packs of 4. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
In 2017 raccoons and chimps were put through the Aesop's Fable test, to see if they could learn to displace water to get food from a container. Many succeeded: the raccoons used their hands to manipulate the container in creative ways, and one chimp simply peed into the container (which worked). news.nationalgeographic.c…
A jogger in Maine once drowned a rabid raccoon in a puddle after it latch onto her finger and would not release. bangordailynews.com/2017/…
The common Raccoon did not inhabit Japan until 1977, the year when a popular anime caused many people to import them as pets, allowing many to escape into the wild. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
A Canadian university is surrounded by wildlife such as deer, raccoons, coyotes customarily roaming local streets, and even a few black bears, sometimes mothers with cubs that wander into backyards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
In 2018, Two Raccoons drunk on crab apples cause false rabies scare in West Virginia denverpost.com/2018/11/14…
Raccoons, now considered an invasive menace in Japan, were only introduced there in the late 1970s. Inspired by a popular TV show, Japanese families imported baby raccoons as pets and then released them into the wild after they got unwieldy. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Raccoons are very agile tree climbers and do not mind climbing or falling from elevations as high as 40 feet (12 meters).Raccoons have bad eyesight and are color blind, but have great hearing and a great sense of smell. interesting-animal-facts.…
Raccoons are an invasive species in Central Europe and Japan sco.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra…
The raccoon dog (a close relative of foxes) is the only canine known to hibernate. youtu.be/Jd8_uHTmzWo
In 1926 a raccoon was sent to the White House to be served for Thanksgiving dinner, but the Coolidge family kept her as a pet instead. (They named her Rebecca.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
Germany didn’t have raccoons until the 1920’s. In fact, it wasn’t until a bomb hit a fur farm that there started to be a population of wild raccoons in Germany. businessinsider.com/germa…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.