Raccoons.  Sometimes you love them. Sometimes you hate them. Sometimes you envy them. And sometimes you think they are gross.

Love:  They are related to pandas! It looks like they are wearing little masks! Those little rascals! Raccoons can purr! Their babies are so fluffin’ cute. AW! It looks like they are washing their hands and their food (but actually they are softening the food and looking for foreign objects)! The word “raccoon” is an adaptation of a native Powhatan word meaning “animal that scratches with its hands.”

Hate: They are nocturnal and if you’ve ever run into a family of raccoons in the middle of the night, it can be a little scary. If cornered, they will kill/beat up a dog or cat (not cool, bro). They will move into your attic and poop everywhere. They are susceptible to rabies and will happily bite you on the face and share it with you.

Envy: They are super duper climbers. They have amazing manual dexterity and it is increased in the water. In winter, the raccoon does not hibernate, but can sleep for a few weeks in it’s den. They can run up to 15 mph.

Gross: Raccoons are omnivorous, which isn’t gross, but some of the items they enjoy eating is: insects, rodents, frogs, slugs, squirrels, anything in a trashcan, dead animals on the side of the road. Yuck.