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raccoon  sciencetwitter  from twitter_favs
6 weeks ago by noahsussman
Rebecca (raccoon) - Wikipedia
"Rebecca was a raccoon kept as a pet by US president Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace Coolidge.

Rebecca came from Mississippi. She had been sent to the White House to be served for the 1926 Thanksgiving dinner, but the Coolidges decided to keep her as a pet instead. For Christmas, an embroidered collar was made for her, inscribed with the title: "White House Raccoon". She enjoyed participating in the annual White House Easter egg roll. (..)

At times, she could be mischievous, known to unscrew lightbulbs, open cabinets and unpot houseplants.

As First Lady Grace wrote:

"We had a house made for her in one of the large trees, with a wire fence built around it for protection. We kept her chained when out of doors, but in the house she had her liberty. She was a mischievous, inquisitive party and we had to keep watch of her when she was in the house. She enjoyed nothing better than being placed in a bathtub with a little water in it and given a cake of soap with which to play. In this fashion she would amuse herself for an hour or more." (..)

In preparation for leaving the White House at the end of the president's term in 1929, the Coolidges donated Rebecca to the zoological quarters in Rock Creek Park (now the National Zoo) in Washington DC."
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8 weeks ago by gohai
Raccoon - Wikipedia
"In Germany—where the raccoon is called the Waschbär (literally, "wash-bear" or "washing bear") due to its habit of "dousing" food in water—two pairs of pet raccoons were released into the German countryside at the Edersee reservoir in the north of Hesse in April 1934 by a forester upon request of their owner, a poultry farmer.[245] He released them two weeks before receiving permission from the Prussian hunting office to "enrich the fauna."[246] Several prior attempts to introduce raccoons in Germany were not successful.[247][248] A second population was established in eastern Germany in 1945 when 25 raccoons escaped from a fur farm at Wolfshagen (today district of Altlandsberg), east of Berlin, after an air strike. (..)

Since the 1960s, Kassel has hosted Europe's first and densest population in a large urban area, with about 50 to 150 animals per square kilometer (130 to 390 animals per square mile), a figure comparable to those of urban habitats in North America. (..)

Among others, the Dakota Sioux believe the raccoon has natural spirit powers, since its mask resembled the facial paintings, two-fingered swashes of black and white, used during rituals to connect to spirit beings. The Aztecs linked supernatural abilities especially to females, whose commitment to their young was associated with the role of wise women in their society. (..)

Their propensity for unruly behavior exceeds that of captive skunks, and they are even less trustworthy when allowed to roam freely. Because of their intelligence and nimble forelimbs, even inexperienced raccoons are easily capable of unscrewing jars, uncorking bottles and opening door latches, with more experienced specimens having been recorded to open door knobs. (..)

Raccoons can become obese and suffer from other disorders due to poor diet and lack of exercise. When fed with cat food over a long time period, raccoons can develop gout. With respect to the research results regarding their social behavior, it is now required by law in Austria and Germany to keep at least two individuals to prevent loneliness. Raccoons are usually kept in a pen (indoor or outdoor), also a legal requirement in Austria and Germany, rather than in the apartment where their natural curiosity may result in damage to property."
raccoon  austria  germany  kassel  face  mask  nativeamericans  hands 
8 weeks ago by gohai
#mprraccoon, one year later: Remembering the little critter that could
We had so many people covering the raccoon that there was no need for me to write anything — this would normally be in my wheelhouse — and I remember thinking, "nobody's gonna read what I'm writing because it's not about a raccoon." I wasn't wrong. That woman with her head stuck in the tailpipe couldn't have picked a better time.
local  news  raccoon 
june 2019 by emkay
RT : Safely snoozing high in the , oblivious to a chorus of indignant crows.
raccoon  notredamepoplars  urbannature  from twitter_favs
april 2019 by sky
MPR Raccoon: Exploring the Urban Architecture Behind an Antisocial Climber - 99% Invisible
The architects had no idea that the building’s exterior surface would one day serve to provide pawholds. They also couldn’t have anticipated that the non-operable windows (historically typical of tall towers) might be a focal point for people concerned about a stranded raccoon (in retrospect: their inability to open may have been a plus, since rescue attempts might have spooked her). Nor would they have guessed that terminating exterior columns toward the top would be an issue.
architecture  raccoon  minnesota  design 
june 2018 by madamim
The world anxiously awaits the fate of a raccoon that's descending a skyscraper
Raccoon by mistake climbs UBS building in Twin Cities.. what happened next
raccoon  2018  building  minneapolis  twitter  news 
june 2018 by csrollyson
It took seven years, but tonight while kayaking I finally laid eyes upon a golden on
raccoon  Saysutshun  from twitter_favs
june 2018 by versoe

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