|No, I am radder still!|
October 1st is International Raccoon Appreciation Day (IRAD, although I am the rad one.) This is a day to try and dispel peoples’ notions of raccoons as mere pests and communicate why they should be appreciated. Here’s my top ten reasons:
- They’re really really cute.
- They’re indigenous to North America, making them distinctly American (or Canadian.)
- They’re very intelligent; displaying an uncanny ability to get into containers.
- They have a unique look (that wily black mask.)
- Their adaptability allows them to thrive when many other species would be threatened by the encroachment of human populations.
- Their hands are very nimble, with almost ape-like dexterity.
- Raccoons are nocturnal, putting them in that party animal club along with owls and cats.
- Although they’ll eat almost anything, they’re especially fond of corn. Or as the Native Americans called it: maize.
- They can live a fairly long time for a little critter: 21 years (in captivity, 3 years in the wild.)
- They’re omnivorous, like humans, so they eat plants and animals.
- International Raccoon Appreciation Day
- Raccoons are Intelligent, Neat, and Dainty @ Nature Writers of Texas