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How smart are raccoons?

One of the phrases that you most often hear people say is that “animals are dumb.” While you mostly hear this in relation to dogs, the fact of the matter is that human beings are quite arrogant about other little critters that live around the globe. We believe that because our intelligence is to such a high degree that other animals are simply stupid.

While you’re not going to find a dolphin solving physics problems or an elephant having a conversation about the politics of the day, there are great degrees of intelligence that are prevalent in many of the animals that you will find around the globe. The vast majority of them have a communication system, some of which are fairly complicated, while others are able to build entire cultures and societies.

The raccoon is one such example. While you may just think that this is that cute little animal that likes to get into messes around your home the fact of the matter is that these animals are a lot smarter than you may think. This may make you wonder how smart raccoons really are?

Where it starts is the fact that they create their own societies and communities. Just like human beings would do, these relationships allow raccoons to be able to set up a rather complicated strata of hierarchy within the community, so that each individual raccoon knows what its role is within the community and how it can aid in the overall success of that community. No, there is not a president and his cabinet, but there is an understanding of who is the big dog in the community, and how each raccoon can assist in making sure that that society survives and flourishes as a group.

Raccoons also have the ability to perform a series of complicated tasks and to use tools to be able to do so. Because they possess dexterous hands which include a thumb, they are able to use objects around them as tools to be able to solve problems that they may be having. This allows them to break open nuts, move objects, and even defend themselves on occasion.

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One very sophisticated of emotional response that a raccoon has is how loyal that they are to family members. Many animals, after their young become old enough, simply move on like they never had babies at all. That is not true of the raccoon at all. These animals are very protective of their young, and continue to be so even after they have grown into adults.

Even other members of their family nucleus gain great loyalty from the raccoons. This can mean that brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and grandparents all get the same kind of unfettered loyalty to defend the group even if it means that the animal is risking his own life to be able to do so. This is one of the reasons why you see raccoons traveling together and living together in such a large groups, so that they can defend one another and ensure the prosperity of the entire group. Read more: Raccoon Control, how to get rid of raccoons, Raccoon Feces, How to get raccoons out of the ceiling.

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