Raccoons are medium-sized mammals native to North America and are also found in parts of Europe and Japan. This animal is famous for its unique appearance which is like wearing a black mask on the face. And plus his habit of stealing and looking for food in the trash.
The body size of the raccoon is medium. Generally, raccoons are about the size of a small dog. They can grow to about 60-95 centimeters, weighing from 1.8 kg to 10.4 kg.
Raccoons make houses, called nests, in trees or caves. But they can also make their nests in barns, abandoned vehicles, or other man-made places.
Raccoons usually walk on all fours. But their forelegs actually function like human hands. So they can use their hands like humans, for example to hold food, open packaged food, and even open the lid of a trash can to find food.
It was even his hands that earned the raccoon its name. Reporting from Mentalfloss, the name raccoon comes from the Powhatan word aroughcun which means an animal that scratches with its hands.
In addition to his hands, the hallmark of a raccoon is his face which has a black pattern like a mask. Apparently the pattern has its own function. Like human sunglasses, the black pattern on a raccoon’s face blocks light so they can see more clearly during the day.