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Procyon lotor

Masked animal with a highly developed sense of touch.

  • The sense of touch is highly developed in the raccoon. It spends a lot of time manipulating its food and it is probably from this that it retains its name.
  • Its front paws resemble human hands and it uses them with great efficiency. It can open all sorts of things in order to access food, such as coolers, garbage cans, and it can even grab small objects.
  • It is semi-hibernating and it enters a state of torpor in the winter. However, it can be active during the winter if the temperature warms up or if it is disturbed. Furthermore, in the southern part of its distribution area, it doesn’t necessarily enter into torpor, only if food is rare and if the temperature is colder.
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