Raccoon leaves his trash-eating pals to hang with the kitties

This article demands a reference to this Sears Optical commercial

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So its like a less stinky, real life Pepe Le Pew.

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Wow, that other cat has thumbs!!!

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Cats with thumbs! Meaning they can open doors! Its all over for humanity at that point.

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It surely is hard to fit in a group where you honestly don’t belong.

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Exactly. They wouldn’t need humans to open any food packagings for them.

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Looks like he’s tame and probably has imprinted on cats as a youngster. Too bad the cats haven’t imprinted on him. Also, is that Russian? How did they get hold of a baby raccoon?

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Perhaps is Ukrainian. They were introduced there and seem to be spreading. The Ukrainian Army was even considering conscripting them to fight the on-going conflict.

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It’s russian language. The raccon’s name is Sima. It seems the animal is adopted by narrator.

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Thus their name in Norwegian (and many other Germanic languages): “Vaskebjørn”, “Washing bear”.

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I think the French shows a better grasp of their natures… Raton laveur (washing little rat)

Full disclosure: anyone living in Toronto has a complicated relationship with the varmints .

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To be fair, I know exactly how the raccoon feels. Kitties are rad.

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Clearly a pet. But I could see how a raccoon might grok how getting close to pets can lead directly to food. Pet doors are notorious raccoon entry points.
Or the humans might just be stupid enough to feed it voluntarily.

I’ve seen a couple of the local raccoon at least hang out with the wild cats. I guess they get along ok?

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Apparently they were also deliberately introduced to parts of the Soviet Union, in multiple, large-scale releases, no less.

They were introduced to some Soviet states in the '30s.

The German population is largely the result of a few hundred escapees from a fur farm. Inexplicably, the Soviet government made dozens of attempts to get raccoons established there, releasing more than a thousand animals. Anyone with any knowledge of the animals should have known this was a spectacularly bad idea. But that’s the case alarmingly often with these kinds of introductions - the people involved have no idea what they’re doing and are totally ignorant about the species they’re introducing.

Wait, by a 'possum?! It seems far more likely that it was a raccoon, since they will kill cats - for fun - and opossums strongly avoid confrontation. Although in this case, it sounds like it was done by the raccoons as part of a gang initiation…

Yeah, that was my reaction (it’s active in the day, for one), until I realized it was a pet.

When the raccoons aren’t killing and/or eating them.

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This was when the Soviets bought and dismantled the BMW motorcycles to secretly build the Dnepr M-72 IMZ-Ural, right?

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We had a Chocolate Dutch rabbit named Charley who chased cats with one thing on his mind–sex. It didn’t matter if the cat was a male or female–he’d try to mount any of them. Lesson–when the little brain between your legs takes over, the large brain on your shoulders turns off.

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I’ll admit to having a sneaking admiration for the resourceful little bastards, but I still keep my green bin in the garage until the morning of garbage day.

I hope you don’t mind if I post a tl;dr to your linked article. To me this says it all.

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Wow. One of them is eating very well. Sheesh, he’s like a little ball of racoon

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Just sayin’…

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