Here’s an adorable picture of the white-nosed coati (Nasua narica) which I wrote about earlier today. It’s got an incredibly long and beautiful tail which can be up to ½ of its entire body length, and is used primarily for balance and signaling.
I would not complain if these were the invaders I had in my alley dumpster. Tricksters!
We found these two Raccoons (Procyon lotor) in our backyard, no mom around. They both seemed to look kind of curious, and kind of nervous. My daughter said she likes this picture because the outline of their bodies makes the outline of a heart.
International Raccoon Appreciation Day, celebrated on October 1st, may not yet be a universally recognized holiday but at the National Wildlife Federation we love raccoons, especially our mascot Ranger Rick! This appreciation day was started by a young girl in California, in an effort to highlight the important part raccoons play in local ecosystems, as they are generally misunderstood and are considered pests. Louisiana resident Jacqueline Ruiz photographed this Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor) hanging on while hiking on a mangrove trail in south Florida. The photographer used a Nikon D5000 with a 70-300mm lens.