Meet the Trash Panda a.k.a the Raccoon


Everybody is familiar with the raccoon and its iconic ringed tail and black mask, but how much do you know about them?


Why are they called Trash Pandas?

Due to their distinctive characteristics. Its most differentiating features include the “mask” of dark fur around the eyes and its tail with black and white rings.

They have an average length of 30-36 inches and a weight of 22 pounds. However, a well-fed male from a good neighborhood can measure 45 pounds.


Where can I find the Trash Panda?  The raccoon’s native range pertains to the southern parts of Canada and stretches to the northern parts of South America.


Resulting of a popular cartoon in the 70s, Rascal the Racoon, Japan imported many raccoons to be kept as pets. However, this backfired considerably. Japan currently faces a significant raccoon problem.

Raccoons are omnivores and opportunistic feeders. They are not picky regarding food, and their geographical location determines their diet.

According to research, a raccoon can remember a “solution” to a problem, i.e., how to open trash cans, for up to three years.


Before eating, they often rub their hands together as if washing them, which seems contrary to their perceived messy nature. What they are doing is covering them in water. They do this to heighten their tactile sensations, allowing them to investigate their food further. This act is known as “dousing.”

Typically raccoons are solitary animals, and the mating season is the only interaction between them.

Mothers will typically isolate themselves from other raccoons when their kits are young, as male raccoons often display aggressive behavior towards kits that are not their own.

Raccoons are a symbol in mythology and feature in many Native American folk tales. Due to the raccoon’s mischievous nature, rumors often predicted them as tricksters or con artists. Likewise, some tribes believed them to have strong spiritual connections seeing as their”mas” resembles war paint.


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