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 Raccoons...don't under estimate them

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Matilda
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PostSubject: Raccoons...don't under estimate them   Raccoons...don't under estimate them Icon_minitimeWed Jul 21, 2010 10:13 am


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon


Only a few studies have been undertaken to determine the mental abilities of raccoons, most of them based on the animal's sense of touch. In a study by the ethologist H. B. Davis in 1908, raccoons were able to open 11 of 13 complex locks in less than 10 tries and had no problems repeating the action when the locks were rearranged or turned upside down. Davis concluded that they understood the abstract principles of the locking mechanisms and that their learning speed was equivalent to that of rhesus macaques.[62] Studies in 1963, 1973, 1975 and 1992 concentrated on raccoon memory and have shown that they can remember the solutions to tasks for up to three years.[63] In a study by B. Pohl in 1992, raccoons were able to instantly differentiate between identical and different symbols three years after the short initial learning phase.[63] Stanislas Dehaene reports in his book The Number Sense that raccoons can distinguish boxes containing two or four grapes from those containing three.[64]

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PostSubject: Re: Raccoons...don't under estimate them   Raccoons...don't under estimate them Icon_minitimeWed Jul 21, 2010 10:19 am

A couple of weeks ago, I pulled into my drive way as a young raccoon was climbing over my gate. Several weeks earlier, I noticed 2 young ones on my front porch as dusk and then a couple of days later...raccoon hand prints on one of the chicken coop windows.
Now you might think, from the description, that I live in a rural part of the city, but I don't.

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Notice how well they use their hands.
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