Did you know…
The raccoons’ name is in fact spelled two different ways: racoon and raccoon. It seems that it is dependent upon which side of the pond (A.K.A. the Atlantic Ocean) you are on. Americans spell the word as raccoon, whereas the United Kingdom spells it racoon.
Raccoons (I am American, no insult to my U.K. buddies out there!) As seen in the above announcement, can be seen in Canada, United States, Mexico, Finland, Germany and Russia. In actuality they’re also found in all Europe, having been introduced by the Asians. They can also be located in each the rest of the world, each country/continent boasting its own species and subspecies.
The food chain is wide and diverse. Their natural enemies are foxes and bobcats. However, they have also been proven to be carried off by bigger prey seekers such as owls and eagles. Sadly, the biggest threat known to raccoons is your car. In turn, raccoons feast on an assortment of foods such as berries, acorns and leaves. Did you know that they are omnivorous? If you live in the suburbs, you understand their buffet also includes garbage from trash cans! In effect, I think I can safely say they eat anything they don’t deem as poisonous!
Raccoons can make about 7 different sounds which at times can seem a bit like a puppy, and other times more like a kitty! Maybe those purring cat sounds you hear at night are actually raccoons instead! This is possible as raccoons tend to be nocturnal.
But they have their limitations as well. My mom once watched a raccoon reach into a pit to catch his prey. He apparently caught it, but as he tried to pull his fist out of the hole, it got stuck. He fought for a while trying to get his fist out. Regrettably, he had to let his prey go in order to pull his hand out of the hole!
Raccoons are also sometimes seen as pets. They are fun to watch and very entertaining. However, as a warning, they’re still considered wild animals and are feisty and unpredictable. They aren’t recommended as pets for those with young children. Furthermore, they are illegal in many regions as pets before considering this option, check with the game wardens or pet control section in your town.