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Photographer's Note

The Latin name is "Procyon Lotor"; Lotor means washer. The name "raccoon" originated from the Algonquin word "arakun", which means: "he scratches with his hands."

Although raccoons seem to use their hands to wash their food, what they're really doing is using their sensitive fingers to discover something about what they are touching. They use their hands to "memorize" what food is and what it feels like. They also fish by feel, rather than by sight.

I took this photo at a local zoo. I live on a farm and we have plenty of these little animals, but they're much harder to capture on camera than here. They are so intelligent. I keep my cat's food in a large ice chest that sits inside a screened porch. I caught a raccoon one night opening the latch on the icechest, holding the lid open with one little paw, and scooping out food with the other paw. Very funny. Hope you all enjoy!

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  • Copyright: sm wa (swallace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 45 N: 133] (980)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2004-02-17
  • Categories: 自然
  • Camera: Olympus C-750UZ
  • Exposure:f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
  • Photo Version:Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2004-02-18 9:19
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