Far too many people in life have underestimated the mighty raccoon, and it shows. The reason so many people consider them a nuisance animal is that they're smarter than other animals. Your average alley cat or squirrel doesn't have the intelligence to rise to the level of a nuisance. But a raccoon does. They can use their little hands to open doors and sneak into places they don't belong. Studies have even shown raccoons can remember how to solve problems even years after they encountered them. They can also swim like they were born in the water and run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. They're fierce when challenged and also pretty good parents when it comes to showing their little ones the ropes of how to raid your trash can for premium, tasty garbage.
We should be admiring the raccoon, even if it really earns the nickname "trash panda" for all the effort it puts into making a mess and eating junk. They're smart, crafty, and also pretty adorable. Just don't try to hug one in the wild, it'll be bad news. We should all aspire to be a little more like the noble raccoon. Want to know how much like one you are? Take the quiz and see!
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