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.

#1

Cute Raccoon

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

Love how the dog is just patiently enduring it

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#2

Cute Raccoon

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

Hehe i love raccoons this is adorable

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#3

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

Well hello there

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#4

Cute Raccoon

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Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww Trash Panda cuddles.

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#5

Cute Raccoon

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

"We need to talk"

Missy Finley
Community Member
3 years ago

Exactly what I was going to say!! 😂

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Darla Cole-Bowen
Community Member
3 years ago

My fav. We raised raccoons for years. They are cute young, but once they become breeding age they can become very aggressive and cantankerous and a 45 lb. male raccoon can easily kill a dog. The pose above with the raccoon on the dogs head is something a raccoon comes by naturally as a mode of self defense. They climb on a dogs head if its in water and drown the dog. If you feel the need to keep one as a pet, you are (and they are) better off if they are spade or neutered. Your local vet can do this procedure for you.

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

"Our HR representative will get in touch with you."

Dawn Bradman
Community Member
3 years ago

So cute

Vika Viktorija
Community Member
3 years ago

Do you believe in Jesus?

Michelle Sebold
Community Member
3 years ago

Now I lay me down to sleep.... Amen

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

So sweet

Lia Simon
Community Member
3 years ago

So cute

Manuela Simon
Community Member
3 years ago

Can we please pray and finally start eating?

Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

Please read me a bedtime story!

Patty Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

First day of school, bright eyed & bushy tailed

Anna Salerno
Community Member
3 years ago

They are the cutest little ones.

Darla Cole-Bowen
Community Member
3 years ago

my fav pic

MRBarker
Community Member
3 years ago

Class picture

Isabel Cohen
Community Member
3 years ago

adorable!

Tony Foxx
Community Member
2 years ago

"Difficult day? Tell me all about it."

Mark Dickinson
Community Member
3 years ago

whose idea was it to lay me on the weather section? I wanted sports

Linda Sellers
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg, now that's a little face I could kiss💋all day long!

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
3 years ago

Please may I have some more

Janet Washington
Community Member
3 years ago

Baby face😍

Ana Ryguła
Community Member
3 years ago

Dear Lord, thank you for this beautiful day.

Marilyn Monroe
Community Member
3 years ago

When the teacher looks at you in class

Jane Wade
Community Member
3 years ago

Precious!

Susan L. Miller
Community Member
3 years ago

Praying for a great snack!

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

What an adorable face. I can see why a lot of people end up adopting the fuzzy little creatures!

Ami's Here
Community Member
3 years ago

"Now I lay me down to sleep"

Sherri Fournier
Community Member
3 years ago

I had a college roommate bring her 'rescue' raccoon into class one day. It bit me on the ass as we were taking of final exam. I was so mad!

Annette Blanks
Community Member
3 years ago

"The reason I have called this meeting..."

Jilltdcatlady
Community Member
3 years ago

Me: I'm here to see Mr. Big Boss. Desk Panda: Hmmmm, do you have an appointment?

Rose Hogue
Community Member
3 years ago

Bless this kind human who took me in!

R john
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, how may I help you?

Linda McDonald
Community Member
3 years ago

I have a problem!

Dane Pearson
Community Member
3 years ago

Ack! Too...much...cuteness!

Marian Hernaez
Community Member
3 years ago

Alright. I'm ready to confess.

Cody Eriksen
Community Member
3 years ago

I hear Dr. Joyce Brothers....

Shikha
Community Member
3 years ago

"Steven, we just got a call from your principal.. "

heather ogorman
Community Member
3 years ago

Saying his prayers....

Amy Green
Community Member
3 years ago

"Now I lay me down to sleep..."

Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Is this pose okay or would a side view by better?"

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#6

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Do you think the usher will notice that this is not my seat?"

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#7

Cute Raccoon

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Janice Foster
Community Member
3 years ago

Peekaboo!

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#8

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Lena Sterling
Community Member
3 years ago

Is it my birthday yet?

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#9

Cute Raccoon

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww precious little kit

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#10

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Vane En El Limbo
Community Member
3 years ago

Magical!

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#11

Cute Raccoon

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

Doobie doo bee doo doobie doobie doobie doo

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#12

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Beater Medina
Community Member
3 years ago

I love the smell f flowers in the morning.

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#13

Cute Raccoon

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey human whatcha doin?

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#14

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

Had a bad dream can we sleep in your bed

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#15

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Hey bro...settle down. They're only bubbles."

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#16

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Charleen Crawford
Community Member
3 years ago

That raccoon eats all the dog's food!

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#17

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Cammie Sizemore
Community Member
3 years ago

why have I never used my belly like this?

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#18

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therealpixie
Community Member
3 years 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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Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

No, you can't have it, I said no, oh: OK.

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#20

Cute Raccoon

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

Did you call for an uber?

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#21

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"WOW...what a night!"

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#22

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Weim Central
Community Member
3 years 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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Charleen Crawford
Community Member
3 years ago

Cat: Hey, take it easy! Coon: Aw shut up and enjoy it!

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#24

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

"I Spy"

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#25

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Charleen Crawford
Community Member
3 years ago

boy band

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#26

Cute Raccoon

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Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

You are powerless to resist

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#27

Adorable-cute-raccoons

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Weim Central
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey neighbor!

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#28

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Erica Tesink-Korterink
Community Member
3 years ago

beautiful picture!

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#29

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Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Why don't I live in the USA?, I want one.

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#30

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm melting!

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#31

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#32

Adorable-cute-raccoons

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"What? No hubby bath?"

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#33

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Igła Goo
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3 years ago

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Fake watermelon!

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#34

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"The next best thing to Mom."

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#35

Adorable-cute-raccoons

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Lena Sterling
Community Member
3 years ago

Raccoon on catnip?

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#36

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Kebnekaise
Community Member
3 years ago

"paint me like one of your french girls!"

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#37

Adorable-cute-raccoons

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#38

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Hey, you said I could drive and you'd ride shotgun."

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#39

Adorable-cute-raccoons

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"How long does it take for my eyes to open? I can't see where I'm going."

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#40

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"I'm lost...will you keep me?"

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#41

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Get the hint? I'm hungry."

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#42

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Weeeeeeeeeeee"

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#43

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jacluckycat
Community Member
3 years ago

Neighbourhood watch

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#44

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Are you my mom? Are you here to feed me?"

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#45

Adorable-cute-raccoons

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Lena Sterling
Community Member
3 years ago

Uuuurgh, too much vitamins, way too healthy

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#46

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"My new mom."

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#47

Adorable-cute-raccoons

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"WOW...this smells good...wonder if I can eat it?"

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#48

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

Two peas in a pod.

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#49

Cute Raccoon

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Charleen Crawford
Community Member
3 years ago

Is the movie over? I'm scared!

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#50

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Nighty, night"

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#51

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Nina Greenway
Community Member
3 years ago

belly flop

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#52

Cute Raccoon

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#53

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Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Now I will pee down your arm 😁

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#54

Adorable-cute-raccoons

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Awwww...that bath felt good."

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#55

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Look...we need to talk."

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#56

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Who's there?"

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#57

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Manuela Simon
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a selfie

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#58

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

Sunny spot for a nap.

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#59

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"This is scary"

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Hmmmm...I see a fish"

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Rose Ann Sabaka
Community Member
3 years ago

"Riding piggy back"

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