National Appreciate Raccoon Day October 1, 2014


International National Raccoon Day is celebrated October 1 of every year. This is a day to celebrate raccoons and other animals. First started in 2002 by a young Californian girl who wanted to show all, that not all people despise raccoons.


Raccoon Eye Trivia: 

  • Raccoon eye/eyes (also known in the UK and Ireland as panda eyes, though that term commonly refers to excess or smeared dark make-up around the eyes, or to dark rings around the eyes) or periorbital ecchymosis is a sign of basal skull fracture, a craniotomy that ruptured the meninges, or (rarely) certain cancers (Wikipedia)
  • The appearance of raccoon eyes in a patient may be the only clue that a basal skull fracture has even occurred. In fact, this type of injury often escapes detection from x-rays.
  • Christopher Columbus is the first individual we know of to have written about the species.
  • The raccoon’s scientific name, Procyon lotor is neo-Latin and translates to “before-dog washer.
  • The English word “raccoon” is an adaptation of a native Powhatan word meaning “animal that scratches with its hands.
  • Their excellent night vision and hearing make them especially alert
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