Baystate Wildlife | 5 Handy & Strange Raccoons Facts
1. A Raccoon Lived in the White House
Baystate Wildlife says that raccoon meat on a table every Thanksgiving day was a normal sight every year during the early times. However, during Calvin Coolidge presidency, a raccoon is not a meat for Thanksgiving but rather a pet that they take care of. When Coolidge saw the creature, he refused to have it for dinner, yet he let it be his pet along with a wildcat, geese, jackasses, lions, gazelles, and a wallaby. Isn’t it interesting to live with the president? Image Source: HelloGiggles
2. Their Population is Skyrocketing
Since raccoons are adaptable to any climate and environment, even if the natural habitat’s of their kind has been devastated, their population are still increasing. Raccoons are, according to Baystate Wildlife, omnivorous and those who live in the forest usually eat insects, birds, fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds, while those who are in the cities survive with foods they get from garbage.
3. They are Curious and Intelligent
Before we had the lab rats, raccoons have been one of the choices to poise as an animal for an experiment. These creatures have a high intellectual capacity and a great level of curiosity in their blood. However, even though raccoons displayed a prominent reason to be one of the lab animals, researchers still resort to rats. Raccoons are difficult to breed and have a tendency to nibble their cages and hide from the researchers.
4. Raccoons Sense of Touch is Exceptional
Unlike other animals that rely on their sense of smell and sight, raccoons as a nocturnal type of animal depend on their sense of touch. Baystate Wildlife states that their front paws contain four times more sensory receptors than normal animals and even their back paws. They can be compared to human hands to feet. Raccoons can uplift their perception of touch through something many refer to as “dousing” – which literally means pouring water into hands or drenching.
5. Raccoons are Everywhere
These creatures cannot be only found in the greater land of America but also in Europe and Asia. They started to be exported during the 1920s to Europe and Japan. As of today, it is one of the invasive species in Europe as it carries possible infectious disease like rabies. In Japan, kids used to have them as pets but later on, they have been freed back to the wild making them hard to locate since their number increased
Contact Bay State Wildlife for Additional Help
Baystate Wildlife has years of experience in removing raccoons from homes in Massachusetts. If you see a baby raccoon that might have been abandoned, give us a call to learn about the steps to take in dealing with these animals and how we can remove raccoons both safely and humanely. We are proud to serve Westwood, Lexington, Newton, and other areas in Greater Boston.