These trash loving bandits are smarter than you may think!

With their love of eating, well, basically anything, raccoons are some of the only animals who have adapted surprisingly well to the urban jungles we’ve created. And it turns out they’ve got a few superpowers up their sleeves!

(Before we go any further, I must ask you to please take a moment to imagine a raccoon in a very cute printed long-sleeved shirt.)

Image: A raccoon kit in a tree

Source: cuatrok77 // Flickr

You may have seen them scurrying around your neighborhood or have at least heard about their playful yet destructive antics. These scrappy little creatures have an amazing ability to adapt, and it seems that their lack of food preferences have a big part in that.

This awesome video from Animalogic lets us in on the raccoon’s other surprising skills!

It’s so impressive to see how animals like raccoons, pigeons, seagulls, and rats have been able to adapt to living and thriving in the environments that we humans have created for ourselves. These areas have been made to be as unwelcoming as possible to wildlife, yet these creatures have found a way to make them their own.

What can we learn about our own ways of living from theirs? Well, those rats may just have a couple of clues. Take a look at one of our articles from a little while back to learn more…

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Can Rats Make us Be Better People?

Rats get a bum rap, but they may have something to teach us when it comes to solving problems more effectively. Here's what we can learn from rats!

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Want to see raccoon problem-solving in action?

Let’s meet a raccoon named Rascal in this piece from BBC Earth Unplugged. Her sense of touch is put to the test in this obstacle course! Take a look…

Pretty awesome, right?

Oh, and fun fact: The name “raccoon” in English, comes from the native Powhatan word meaning “animal that scratches with its hands.” Isn’t that cute? 3

If you’re interested to see how some communities are working to live in harmony with the wildlife that lives in their area, check out our most recent edition of Saturday’s Around the World!

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Why Wild Animals May End Up On Your Street

These communities in Canada are helping us all reimagine what we can do to have healthy relationships with the wildlife that lives around us!

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Stay open to new possibilities!

  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”—Albert Einstein 

Want to meet more of the amazing critters we share the world with?

See who you come across in this category!

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Notes:

  1. “Raccoon’s Secret Superpower.” YouTube, Animalogic, 29 Jan. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bre19eDilZU. Accessed 28 Aug. 2018.
  2. “Racoon Demonstrates Problem Solving Skills | Earth Unplugged.” YouTube, BBC Earth Unplugged, 30 Aug. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5JFeTtSS3c. Accessed 10 Sept. 2018.
  3. “Raccoon Nation.” 4PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 21 Oct. 2014, www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/raccoon-nation-raccoon-fact-sheet/7553/. Accessed 29 Aug. 2018.

Samantha Burns

Executive Assistant, Staff Writer

Samantha is a listener, creator, collector of knick knacks and lover of most, if not all, types of cheese.