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Raccoons See By Touching

Raccoons See By Touching

Although they don't have opposable thumbs, raccoons have hands that are similar to those of humans and other primates. They are capable of opening doors and jars. They also have specialized hairs, called vibrissae, just above the claws. These sensory hairs can help the raccoon identify an object even before its fingers have gripped it.

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  1. In some parts of Washington D.C., there are more than 300 raccoons per square kilometer. 00:24

  2. Raccoons can identify objects and determine whether they are edible by touch alone. 01:39

  3. Studies suggest that raccoons are smarter than cats, and almost as smart as some primates. 02:59

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