161 Of The Most Adorable Trash Panda Pics That Prove They’re Cuter Than Most People Believe

We here at Bored Panda salute our adorable and wily cousins, the trash pandas, with this awesome list. But you probably know these animals by their proper names, dear Readers—raccoons. Check out the hilarious and cute pics of raccoons we’ve collected for your enjoyment and don’t forget to upvote your fave photos as you scroll on down. When you’re done, have a look at our earlier post about adorable raccoons right here.

Bored Panda reached out to Dr. Suzanne MacDonald from the Department of Psychology at York University, in Toronto, who has done research with raccoons and who was kind enough to tell us about these interesting animals.

She pointed out that the best way to enjoy the company of raccoons if they ever show up near your house is to practice social distancing. “Give them space, don’t feed them, and just enjoy their antics from a safe distance. If you feed them, they will come—and they will tell their friends. You will regret it, trust me!” she said. Read on for our full interview with Dr. MacDonald.

#1 Found A Raccoon In This Exact Position

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#2 Trash Panda On Its Way To The Promised Land

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#3 For Me?

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Dr. MacDonald told us more about her raccoon-research and how it showed that urban raccoons were much more likely than rural raccoons to approach and figure out problems involving hidden food. What’s more, urban raccoons came up with more strategies and spent more time figuring things out.

“I wouldn’t say that makes them ‘smarter,’ but it certainly does make urban raccoons more likely to be able to open trash cans and get into our attics than rural raccoons. I can’t say whether these differences are innate or whether urban raccoons learn how to do those things, so the next step is to compare baby urban and rural raccoons on the same tasks to see if the differences exist from birth. This is easier said than done so it is taking several years to collect enough data,” she went into detail about her research.

#4 My Coworkers Dog Taco And His Pet Raccoon

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#5 While Taking Wedding Photos In The Park, We Were Visited By A Friendly Family Of Trash Pandas! They Checked Us Out For A Few Minutes, Then Went On Their Way

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#6 My Sister Sent Me This Pic Of A Trash Panda Hanging Out In Her Neighbor's Gutter

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But just how smart are raccoons and how do they compare to human beings and animals like dogs? Well, Dr. MacDonald stressed the fact that it’s very difficult to compare things across species, especially when we’re talking about something as hard to define as intelligence.

“A researcher over 100 years ago did a memory test to compare dogs, monkeys, raccoons, and children, and he claimed that the raccoons and kids were the smartest! Certainly, raccoons are not evil geniuses, and they don’t compare with humans in terms of brainpower. Dogs are pretty special, too, because they evolved with humans and so are exquisitely tuned to human behavior. Raccoons have their own kind of smarts, not really the same as any other animal,” she said.

#7 Little Trash Panda's First Steps Into Fine Arts

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#8 Just In Case You Were Having A Bad Day Look How Happy This Raccoon Is With His Stuffed Raccoon

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#9 The Situation At My Friends Apartment Right Now

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Raccoons are curious, have very dexterous, nimble hands, and can squish their spines down to get into small spaces. So trash pandas (at least the urban variety) are able to open fridge doors and Tupperware, unzip tents, and even turn doorknobs. Though the latter takes a lot of effort, raccoons seem to have one-upped aliens from movies who seem baffled by doorknobs.

Why would anyone call raccoons trash pandas? Like a lot of things, it all started with an accurate but wayward comment on social media. Way back in 2014, redditor CarlPeligro left a comment stating "Raccoons = trash pandas" and it all snowballed from there.

When you think about it, the name fits, doesn’t it? Raccoons really do love going through trashcans. Meanwhile, they look a lot like black and white versions of red pandas (just keep in mind that they’re not actually related to panda bears despite their name), and voilà, you’ve got yourself a very strong reason to call raccoons trash pandas. We just hope they take it as a compliment of their skills. Trashcans are hard to open when you're as small as a raccoon, after all.

#10 A Rare Shot Of Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Casting Call

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#11 He Snack And Get Fat. But Most Importantly - Don't Fit Down Crack

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#12 Paint Me Like One Of Your French Trash Pandas

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#13 When You Realize You Don't Want To Be Responsible For Anything Anymore And You Just Want To Nap And Be Small

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#14 Raccoons Like My Post, You Should Too

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#15 The Cookie Jar Bandit

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#16 What Taking Care Of 4 Trash Pandas Is Really Like

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#17 He Was So Ashamed Of Needing Human Help

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#18 If You're Having A Bad Day Just Go Outside, Maybe You'll Stumble Upon Some Adorable Trash Pandas

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#19 You Forgot To Pick Me Up From Practice

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#20 Our 93 Year Old Neighbor Passed Away On Sunday. Apparently He Was Feeding These Little Sweeties. Now They Come To Our Door. My Husband Is The New Proud Father Of These 4 Trash Pandas

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#21 Trying To Hydrate, Nothing To See Here

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#22 I'm Listening

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#23 The Raccoon

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#24 This Fat Fool Had To Be Rescued By Animal Control

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#25 Had No Idea These Grew On Trees

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#26 Sharing Cheetos With The Underground

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#27 I Came Home Last Night To Find This Thief Just Standing There Menacingly

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#28 This Guilty Raccoon

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#29 Trash Panda Reflecting On The Choices That LED Him To This Embarrassing Moment

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#30 An Actual Picture Taken Of My Fiancée And Her Sister In 2001

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#31 "A Raccoon Introduces His Shy And Hairless Brother To His Friends"

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#32 Best Day Ever, Took A Lot To Pull Myself Away

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#33 Pure, Cozy Bliss

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#34 But Why?

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#36 Yes Ma'am, I'm Sure It's Raccoons In Your Attic

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#37 You Probably Can't See The Trash Panda In This Picture Because He's So Good At Hiding But I Assure You There Is A Trash Panda In This Pic

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#38 Once In A Lifetime .... Albino Raccoon Found On Our Vacation In Texas

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#39 Neighbors Came By To Say Hi

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#40 Found A Trash Panda Taking A Rest On My Deck Last Night

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#41 Trash Panda

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#42 Lazy Little Trash Panda At My Apartment

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#43 Note To Self: If You Meet Friendly Trash-Pandas And They Like The Smell Of Your Shampoo They Will Fight Over Your Head

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#44 We Ran Into Some Wild Raccoons In Chicago. There Were About 7 Of Them! They Are Fans Of Cheese Puffs

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#45 That Is A Racoon Riding A Javelina

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#46 This Weird Cat Wanted To Float Today, I Couldn't Say No

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#47 Look At Them

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#48 Snacks For A Little Guy

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#49 When You Hear A Wild Bit Of Gossip

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#50 "Yup. I Knew It!". "Okay, Okay, You Caught Me, But Is Shoving Your Entire Head In My Mouth Necessary?". "I Don't Mess Around When Dealing With Taco Thieves"

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#51 What Is He Doing?

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#52 Chillin

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#53 Who Did It Better?

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#54 Bonus Picture Of Our Porch Dweller

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#55 Here's A Picture Of Miss Lucy In A Bag

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#56 In 200 Feet, Turn Right At The Intersection

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#57 My Dad Caught This Great Photo Last Spring, Just Stumbled Upon It This Morning

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#58 They Call This The Daddy Chair, But They're Mistaken. It's The Baxter Chair

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#59 Trash Panda Mid-Mlem

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#60 Omg - See Who Is Driving My Car

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#61 Chunky Raccoon Stuck In The Door To His House (He Gets In)

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#62 Sup

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#63 My Dad Made A New Friend Today

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#64 More Knowledgeable Than Most Yoga Instructors

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#65 First, They Wanted Our Garbage, Now They Want To Participate In Our Financial System

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#66 He's A Curious Little Fella

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#67 Not Lazy. At All

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#68 Raccoon That Snuck Into My House Sits In My Chair Like A Human

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#69 Bath Time

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#70 Fat Trash Pandas Are The Best Trash Pandas

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#71 Sorry Amazon. I Didn’t Order A Raccoon

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#72 Found This Picture Of Me And My Pet Raccoon Fishing Together. He'd Wait For Me To Catch And Reel In A Fish So He Could Grab It And Eat It

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#73 Baby Raccoon Hiding From Me

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#74 We've Been Raising A Baby Raccoon And Its Become Our Dogs Best Friend

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#75 Baby Trash Pandas

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#76 When You Put A Lock On Your Trash Cans

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#77 Talented Boy

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#78 Don't Worry About The Snow, Trash Panda Is Here To Snowplow

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#79 My Grandma Sent Me This Photo Of These Damn Raccoons Eating Her Bird Feed

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#80 Spotted This Little Guy Holding On For Dear Life On My Way To Work This Morning

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#81 All I Need Is A Cold Beer And I'm Good To Go

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#82 This Gentleman Was Apprehended Today While Committing A Burglary Of A Vending Machine At Pine Ridge High School

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#83 Waiting For Me To Leave So He Can Eat The Bird Seed

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#84 One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

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#85 When You Shouldn’t Have Gone Back For That Fourth Plate! Oh Wait Where’s The Dessert!

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#86 Gary The Trash Panda Visits My Dad At Work

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#87 Sorry, It's Only A 2 Player Game

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#88 Nosey Trash Panda

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#89 Peanut Butter Jar And A Trash Connoisseur (Aka Trash Panda)

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#90 That Time Pumps Really Didn’t Want A Bath

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#91 One Goofy Raccoon

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#92 Felt Like I Was Being Watched This Morning

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#93 Trash Panda Selfie

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#94 Just Chillin’ On My Patio

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#95 This Raccoon Peeping Thru My Dad's Window At His Raccoon Figurines

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#96 This Raccoon Does Not Like Pickles

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#97 You Might Remember About A Year Ago, I Posted My Grandma's Friend Sweet Pea. Well, This Is Her New Performing Visitor, Coco. She Likes To Climb Up And Then Slide All The Way Down

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#98 Trash Panda Joins Pizza Party

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#99 Tongue Out

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#100 And What Is He Doing?

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#101 I Had A Pet Raccoon When I Was A Kid. His Name Was Buck

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#102 But What If

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#103 Old Russian Mama

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#104 Act Natural

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#105 I Cook Some Soup For Lunch

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#106 The Other One Is Still Here, Just Too Heavy For My Daughter To Pick Them Up At Once Now

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#107 Good Boy Found In Raccoon Sanctuary In Germany

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#108 So, This Mutt, Pug And A Raccoon Walked Into A Bar

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#109 Love Your Little Nose So Much

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#110 Couple Of Fatties At Busan Raccoon Cafe

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#111 Walked Over To My Desk Today And Found An Unexpected Visitor

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#112 A Rare Trash Panda Blep

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#113 Not Sure Why But She Keeps Ringing The Doorbell Every Morning About Three

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#114 Trash Panda So Cute

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#115 This Trash Panda Eating Peanut Butter

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#116 The Council

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#117 Who Else Eats Their Bananas Like This?

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#118 Spotted This Little Guy Having A Feast

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#119 The Smartest Raccoon In The World. On His Way To Trashtopia

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#120 “Good Meeting, Everyone. Get Back To Work. That Trash Isn’t Going To Move Itself”

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#121 A Colorado Springs Police Department Officer Was On His Way To A Serious Accident When This Little Guy Jumped Up On His Windshield

He pulled over and the raccoon went on his way.

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#122 Ok, You Push The Pedals And I've Got The Wheel

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#123 Pick Me, Pick Me

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#124 "No Pictures Please!"

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#125 This Little Fella Looks Straight Out Of A Children Movie

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#126 When Your Dad Cooks Food And You Try To Act Like It Tastes Good

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#127 Our Neighborhood Trash Panda, Chillin

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#128 Happy Halloween, Everyone

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#129 Trash Pandas Are Best Trash Pandas

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#130 Inviting A Few Friends Over For Dinner

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#131 Trash Pandas Found At Work

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#132 Came Up To Me Hoping For Some Fries

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#133 ”Ahem, Excuse Me..."

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#134 Cheeks

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#135 Can I Have A Snack?

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#136 What Are We Gonna Do Toooday?

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#137 So I Set My Deer Feeder High Off The Ground So The Raccoons Couldn't Reach It

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#138 This Little Guy In A Raccoon Cafe Just Couldn't Find A Comfy Spot

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#139 These Two Fatties At The Toronto Zoo

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#140 There's Never A Warning. Just Happens

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#141 Who Else Is Already Thinking About Their Halloween Costumes?

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#142 Hello

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#143 Trash Panda Teefies

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#144 A Raccoon Somehow Ended Up On The Public Bus In Town

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#145 Going On A Short Drive. This Is Where She Thought She'd Get The Best Nap

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#146 Where Are You Taking Me, Karen? I Hope Not To The Vet, We Talked About It

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#147 Look At This Sweet Baby That Was Trying To Come Into My Work Today

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#148 "Fact: Bears Eat Beets"

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#149 Inspector Is Furrier Than I Remember

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#150 Cheers

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#151 "What’s This?" - Party Animal

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#152 Break Time

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#153 Hi

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#154 Daytime Stretching With A Raccoon

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#155 One Eyed Raccoon Staying Out Of The Rain. Slept On My Buddy’s Porch All Day

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#156 I See Your Netherlands Dwarf Rabbit And Raise You A Baby Trash Panda

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#157 It's A Baby

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#158 The Friendly Neighborhood Panda

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#159 A Very Polite Raccoon

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#160 The People I'm Working For Are Raising This Little Trash Panda

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#161 My Mom's Rescue Trash Panda Is In Love With Her Foster Kitten. They Don't Leave Each Other's Sides

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