Racoons are another animal that is often overlooked, but is really very cool when you look at them. That’s why I decided to use them for the letter R in this book.
Raccoons are common sights in urban and forested areas. These animals are
highly adaptable and intelligent. They have a very strong sense of touch, but
their paws have a tough covering which becomes soft when wet! As a result
they will “wash” their food, but in fact they are getting it wet to better feel it.
They also have a keen sense of hearing to locate tasty earthworms while their
eyes are not so great as they are colorblind. Intelligence studies have shown
that they are able to solve complex puzzles and remember solutions for three
years. They are omnivores, and eat about even amounts meat and fruit.
Individual raccoons even have favorite foods!