Check Out These Adorable Baby Raccoon Pictures!

Although raccoons can be quite the nuisance on residential and commercial properties, they happen to be one of the cutest baby animals! Furthermore, there are plenty of truly interesting facts about raccoons that could possibly cause you to develop some appreciation for them. For instance, did you know that raccoons are incredibly intelligent? It’s true! They can remember directions and locations, solve complex puzzles, and perform complicated cognitive tasks. See our blog, “How Smart is a Raccoon?” to learn more about raccoon intelligence studies.

In the meantime, if you are still not convinced that raccoons are special animals, continue below to enjoy some precious snaps of baby raccoons from across the world!

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Baby raccoons are called kits (or cubs).

Baby raccoons are called kits, or cubs, and they are born blind and deaf. Their ear canals and eyes finally open up within 18 to 23 days after they are born.

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Baby raccoons drink milk.

Raccoons are mammals, so they drink mother’s milk until they are fully weaned off around 16 week of age. After 6 to 9 weeks, they begin to eat solid food.

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A raccoon learns to climb around 16 weeks.

Raccoons are excellent climbers, and begin learning around 16 weeks. They have human-like paws with long claws, allowing them to grip, pull, and pry just like us.

How to Stop Nuisance Raccoon Activity

Although cute, we still don’t want raccoons invading our properties and causing damage with their instinctual behaviors. So in order to prevent raccoon activity around your property, you will need to follow some important guidelines:

❧ Keep garbage cans locked up, or keep the lids sealed shut, and only take your cans out to the driveway on the morning of trash pickup day, and never the night before.

❧ Never leave pet food or water bowls outside. If you store pet food a garage or shed, be sure it is in an air-tight container and your garage or shed is non-accessible by animals.

❧ Install motion lighting on patios, porches, and garages. Or consider installing a sound machine to scare raccoons away. Install a fence around gardens.

❧ Sprinkle your yard with ground red pepper, and then soak cotton balls with ammonia and place them around your property. Be care if you have outdoor pets.

❧ Remove bird and squirrel feeders, as well as, bird baths. Pass up on the Koi pond. They will eat your expensive fish!

If Your Raccoon Problem Persists…

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How Smart is a Raccoon?

There are several species within the animal kingdom that retain notable traits of intelligence, such as primates, dolphins, killer whales, horses, pigs, and of course, canines. But did you know that a common pest is also on the list of animals that are pretty smart? That’s right; those little masked bandits we call raccoons are quite intelligent, and there is plenty of research and evidence to back it up.

Continue reading to learn more about the average intelligence of the Common raccoon, and what you can do if raccoons are becoming a nuisance around your property.

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History of Raccoon Intelligence Research

Between the years of 1905 and 1915, the measurable of intelligence of a common raccoon was quite the heated dispute among the authorities in the field of comparative psychology. A psychologist by the name of Lawrence W. Cole created a colony of raccoons at the University of Oklahoma. In 1907, he and a doctoral student at Clark University named Herbert Burnham Davis, published the results of the experiment, detailing the raccoon’s processes of learning, association, and memory.

Their research relied heavily on puzzles, specifically E.L. Thorndike’s puzzle-box methodology, which involved putting the raccoons inside wood crates to see if they could escape by opening the latch, or even a sequence of latches. The raccoons’ comprehension and speed increased as they were given the test over and over again. From the results of their research, they were able to develop a “tolerable basis” for raccoon intelligence. They use this basis on a scale known as the phylogenetic scale of evolutionary development.

So how smart are raccoons? Based on old and new scientific studies, you can basically compare the level of intelligence and mental attributes of a common raccoon to that of a monkey, as they slightly surpass the intelligence of felines and canines.

What Does This Mean for the Average Person?

Raccoons are smart, and they are also a common pest. Combined, raccoons can be quite the threat to your property in many ways. Not only are raccoons intelligent and have good memory capacity, they have human-like paws that allow them to grip, grasp, pry, and open things, including window screens and door knobs!

Raccoons can cause a lot structural damage and lawn damage in search of food and shelter, but they are also known carriers of several infectious diseases, from lice to rabies. For this reason, it is best to keep them off of your property. Read our blog, “How to Keep Raccoons Away From Your House” to learn how to do your part.

How to Get Rid of Raccoons in Kentucky

Call 502-553-7622 if you are experiencing raccoon problems in Louisville, Kentucky. We offer residential and commercial raccoon removal and control, as well as, raccoon proofing and prevention, minor restorations for raccoon damages, raccoon cleanup, and much more. We may even be able to perform home owners’ insurance claim work. Request a free estimate or advice, anytime. Request a free estimate, anytime.

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