Stumbling upon a raccoon in your trash can is annoying, to say the least. But once you look into those beady little eyes surrounded by dark fur, you realize that raccoons are just smaller, more street-wise pandas, and they start to grow on you. Today we're celebrating nature's notorious bandits, and you'll probably love it even if you found garbage all over your driveway this morning.

'Trash panda' is not a nickname bestowed lightly on these critters. Raccoons belong to the biological suborder Caniformia, which also includes dogs, bears, and you guessed it - red pandas. Alright, so they might not be genetically related to the Beijing equivalent, but they're just as fluffy and adorable.

Raccoons may seem like instinct-driven bandits in the wild, but they're more clever than they get credit for. After being studied numerous times by ethologists throughout the 1900's, raccoons were determined to have razor sharp memory, and demonstrated the ability to remember solutions to tasks for up to 3 years - which is basically their average lifespan. The next time you feel like calling them pests, keep in mind that they'll probably remember your face, your house, where you keep your trash...

Check out the cutest raccoons we could find below, and vote for the ones that scurried away with your heart.

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Cute Raccoon

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

Love how the dog is just patiently enduring it

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Janet Clarke 1 year ago

Awww, just let him in the house already!

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Vane En El Limbo 1 year ago

You have a friend in me...

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#5

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Daria B 1 year ago

"We need to talk"

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

"Am I too late or too early?"...

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#7

Cute Raccoon

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Alina Dimitriu 1 year ago

Day tiiiime! Night tiiiime! Day tiiiime! Night tiiiime!

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

"for me? You should have!"

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#9

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

Awww precious little kit

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lazy panda 1 year ago

"Draw me like one of your French girls"

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#11

Cute Raccoon

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

Doobie doo bee doo doobie doobie doobie doo

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Take time to smell the roses."

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#13

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Hey, are you okay?"

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

Had a bad dream can we sleep in your bed

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#15

Cute Raccoon

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ispeak catanese 1 year ago

Does anyone else want to blow bubbles for a pair of crazy racoons with me?

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Claire Bear 1 year ago

Watching Game of Thrones makes for strange bedfellows.

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Cammie Sizemore 1 year ago

why have I never used my belly like this?

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therealpixie 1 year ago

Yes, I know a broken bone is not adorable, but sometimes the remedy is!!

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#19

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Can I hug you?"

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#20

Cute Raccoon

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

Did you call for an uber?

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#21

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"WOW...what a night!"

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#22

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Weim Central 1 year ago

So nice of you to have me over to your lovely home - the sea cottage motif really works in here! nom nom nom...

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#23

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Hey...you're too rough.......sorry!"

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#24

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"98-99-100......Ready or not, here I come!"

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#25

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

The 3 Raccoonerteers

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#26

Cute Raccoon

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

This is THE RACCOON life!

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#27

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Charleen Crawford 1 year ago

About your cat...

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#28

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Down in the jungle where nobody knows there's a little raccoon looking for u...

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#29

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Lou Wow 1 year ago

He needs to grow into that snoot of his!

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#30

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

I'm melting!

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#31

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Surprise! I was filed under 'R'."

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#32

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"What?" No bubble bath?"

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#33

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Could you cut this up in small pieces? I don't want to make a mess."

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Rebekah 1 year ago

He is my squishy and I will call him Squishy.

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#35

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Charleen Crawford 1 year ago

derp!

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Kebnekaise 1 year ago

"paint me like one of your french girls!"

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#37

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Come on, give me a push." "Why, you can crawl through down here."

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#38

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Sardonic Scribe 1 year ago

Perfect for Honda's new ad campaign!

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#39

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Pi... 1 year ago

My heart... my poor heart!

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Ginger Liddel 1 year ago

This is almost exactly how we ended up raising a baby raccoon for two weeks expect it was raining freezing cold and he was crying loudly till I ran outside and threw a towel around him and brought him in for a feeding while we called wildlife services trying to find out wtf we were supposed to do ,they told us he was too young and would have to be put down we weren't having any of that it took us two weeks and constant feedings but we finally had located the mother and she took him back , he would come back often to visit the house and have snacks .

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#41

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Jilltdcatlady 1 year ago

"Cold, cold, cold, , cold"

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#43

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

Neighbourhood watch

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#44

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

I want my mommy❤

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#45

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Lena Sterling 1 year ago

Uuuurgh, too much vitamins, way too healthy

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"My new mom."

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#47

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Virgil Blue 1 year ago

I never new they were so appreciative of flowers. +1 to cute.

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#48

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Double trouble !

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#49

Cute Raccoon

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Brady Sullivan 1 year ago

"I'm invisible"

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#50

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Can I sleep wiff u please?

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#51

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Missy Finley 1 year ago

BELLY FLOP!!!!

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#52

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"I think I can, I think I can!"

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#53

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

And they said an Apple a day would keep this away🍎

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#54

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Janet Washington 1 year ago

Will you tell me a story now?

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#55

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Where's my box of chocolates!?

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#56

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Who's there?"

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#57

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Manuela Simon 1 year ago

Looks like a selfie

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#58

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Time to get a tan!

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#59

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"You go to the left and I'll go to the right, then we'll sneak up on him."

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#60

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

So tiny 💕

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Canadian Guy, eh 1 year ago

Pond water, bleah...

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#62

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Wyndmere 1 year ago

Boo!

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#63

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"I'm ready for dessert."

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

..and that's how u do it!

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#65

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Brrr it's ccccold, where's my heater when I need it ?!

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#66

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Oh no....oh no.....you're not going to take my temperature, are you?"

#67

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"He snores...and he's keeping me awake."

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#68

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

Oh crap...they caught me."

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#69

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Oh come on...didn't we just do this last week?"

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#70

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

You woke me up.

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Virgil Blue 1 year ago

"So you sell seashells at the seashore. Big whoop."

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#72

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Threes a crowd, u got a problem with that?!

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Monday morning the pain!!!

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#74

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

Put that thing anywhere else but not up.....hello.....

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#75

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Allana Rose 1 year ago

hehehehe that was a good joke!

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#76

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

I'm not sucking on your finger...I want real food.

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#77

Cute Raccoon

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Do u see what I see....

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#78

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

I will wuff u forever and always!

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#79

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"STOP...I'm ticklish'

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Rose Ann Sabaka 1 year ago

"Hey dude...is this what they call a tailgate party?"

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

And that's why the raccoon crossed the road...!

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

One more climb, I know I can I know I can!

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