Raccoons

In July I wrote about a releasing rescued animals including five raccoons. Well those five were most likely brothers and sisters – a litter can have up to seven. Raccoons are probably familiar to North Americans, but in Costa Rica raccoons are smaller and less common. Once mum is pregnant she drives the male away – he might eat her cubs, so she raises them on her own, sometimes while her sisters or her mother raise their own litters nearby.

Mostly raccoons forage at night, but since their favourite foods are fish, frogs, worms, bird and turtle eggs and especially crabs, they will take advantage of the low tide and scour the beach at low tide – day or night. They also like fruit and nuts.

Some people keep raccoons as pets and they can live as long as 20 years, but in the wild they only survive for 5 years.

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