RACCOONS IN THE NEWS: Smarter & Smarter


Not much to say this week. Just that I read a fantastic article at Nautilus (which I have to admit is a rather well-laid out webzine) about the intelligence of raccoons and the ongoing war with them in Toronto, which requires the development of raccoon-proof locks on garbage bins. Here’s an excerpt:

The city itself may be partly to blame. “Cities are machines for learning. They offer a maelstrom of activities,” says Harvard economist Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City. “I’m sure it must be for animals as well, a range of possibilities to learn from and learn about.”  Cities might have proved particularly beneficial to raccoons because of their innate boldness. MacDonald says bold and curious animals like racoons make good learners.

Source: The Intelligent Life of the City Raccoon by Jude Isabella

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