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Friday, January 8, 2016

Photo Share: Raccoon and persimmons

Photo by Kelly Colgan Azar
1. The common name raccoon comes from the Algonquan Indian word aroughbcoune which “means scratches with his hands.” The species name Procyon lotor means “washing bear.” Raccoons have very clever little hands that can open just about anything and they often seem to wash their food before they eat it. Scientists aren’t sure why the animals go through the dunking motions even if there is no water.

2. The raccoon has the ability to rotate their hind feet a full 180 degrees to allow for their ability to climb down from trees head first.

3. A raccoon can run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.

4. Raccoons have a large array of vocalizations. Scientists have determined that they can make over 51 different sounds! They purr, whistle, growl, hiss, scream and even whinny.

5. On the mammal IQ scale raccoons rank higher than cats and just below monkeys.

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