Smiling Raccoon Face, Copyright © 1999 David Wittler, All Rights Reserved

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How I Met Some Nice Humans
Why I Am Smiling
Raccoon Etiquette

A Real Washbear

Teddy Washbears

Other Backyard Visitors

Welcome to my homepage. By the picture above you can see that I am what you humans call a raccoon. The name "raccoon" comes from an Algonquin Indian word "arukun," which means "he who scratches with his hands."

My scientific name is "procyon lotor". In Latin "pro-cyon" means "before-dog", but I don't know what dogs have to do with it. I don't like dogs. I think I'm more closely related to bears. The other part, "lotor," means "washer." In fact, in German I am called Waschbär which, translated literally into English, is wash-bear. Now you know where this website gets its name.

Click on the links at the left to find out more about me and my kind:

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