The Raccoon (Procyon lotor) is today’s furry visitor to Wild Open Eye’s blog. Raccoons are a commonly seen creature in Louisiana, near the water, in the woods, in subdivisions. One time we were lucky enough to see one swimming and then it crawled straight up a tall tree. Today, the raccoon doesn’t impart any secrets about its personal life, but just wanders through quickly, perhaps in search of crawfish.
The German name for the raccoon, an invasive species in Europe, is called Waschbär. That means wash-bear. Originally, raccoons were classified by Linnaeus as bears, so I guess they’re not too far off with their extraordinarily cute name (sorry, I can’t help it; it’s adorable).
And why “wash”? When raccoons eat, they like to get a good feel of what they’re eating, says Paws.org. Maybe it’s apart of really enjoying their supper. And they do have salivary glands. Thanks for clearing that rumor up, HowStuffWorks.com.
But I know this for certain, my Mama doesn’t like raccoons and their creepy hands and all that “food washing” business so I’ll hush up in case she’s reading this. 😉