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.

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My Coworkers Dog Taco And His Pet Raccoon

My Coworkers Dog Taco And His Pet Raccoon

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5 months ago

Someone make this into a meme

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Raccoons Like My Post, You Should Too

Raccoons Like My Post, You Should Too

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5 months ago

Omg its a bag full of raccoons

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

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

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago (edited)

Aww, a familiar face!

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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.

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

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

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5 months ago

How pretty!

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#5

Trash Pandas Found At Work

Trash Pandas Found At Work

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5 months ago

Kudos...

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#6

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

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

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5 months ago

Teamwork

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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

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

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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5 months ago

Me walking home from school but not wanting to move

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#8

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

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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Dana Grunwald
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5 months ago

I want too!

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#9

For Me?

For Me?

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

It looks so appreciative.

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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

You Forgot To Pick Me Up From Practice

You Forgot To Pick Me Up From Practice

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Sarcasm101
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5 months ago

MOM! LET ME INNNN

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#11

The Cookie Jar Bandit

The Cookie Jar Bandit

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

This is perfect.

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#12

Trash Panda On Its Way To The Promised Land

Trash Panda On Its Way To The Promised Land

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Hanging on for dear life.

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#13

The Situation At My Friends Apartment Right Now

The Situation At My Friends Apartment Right Now

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Neon
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5 months ago

I don't like stairs hooman...branches work better

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#14

Found A Raccoon In This Exact Position

Found A Raccoon In This Exact Position

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Cute critter doing its best Jean-Claude Van Damme impression.

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#15

This Guilty Raccoon

This Guilty Raccoon

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Sarcasm101
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5 months ago

Did I do that?

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#16

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

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

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5 months ago

sup joe

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#17

Best Day Ever, Took A Lot To Pull Myself Away

Best Day Ever, Took A Lot To Pull Myself Away

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Russell Ellwardt
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5 months ago

Raccoon version of bouldering

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#18

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

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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Sarcasm101
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5 months ago

Sooo Jena these are my extended family!

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#19

Inviting A Few Friends Over For Dinner

Inviting A Few Friends Over For Dinner

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Anne
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5 months ago

Bambi moment here

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#20

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

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Helen Haley
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5 months ago

Be honest, if you were small enough to sleep in a pile of kittens, you know you would.

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#21

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

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

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5 months ago

8-O

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#22

Little Trash Panda's First Steps Into Fine Arts

Little Trash Panda's First Steps Into Fine Arts

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actaully...nevermind
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5 months ago

He look so proud 😍

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#23

Happy Halloween, Everyone

Happy Halloween, Everyone

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Lord Mysticlaw
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5 months ago

GIVE HIM ALLLL THE TREATS!

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#24

A Rare Shot Of Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Casting Call

A Rare Shot Of Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Casting Call

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Russell Ellwardt
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5 months ago (edited)

Family reunion dinner buffet?

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#25

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

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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E B
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5 months ago

That's pretty awesome.

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#26

This Fat Fool Had To Be Rescued By Animal Control

This Fat Fool Had To Be Rescued By Animal Control

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Danieletc
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5 months ago

"Dammit, pandas don't recycle, just trash."

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#27

That Is A Racoon Riding A Javelina

That Is A Racoon Riding A Javelina

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Bhuvy
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5 months ago

😂😂

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#28

What Taking Care Of 4 Trash Pandas Is Really Like

What Taking Care Of 4 Trash Pandas Is Really Like

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Danieletc
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5 months ago

"DUDE YOU SMELL BETTER THAN EVER"

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#29

He Was So Ashamed Of Needing Human Help

He Was So Ashamed Of Needing Human Help

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

"Don't tell anyone, pleaseeee"

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#30

Paint Me Like One Of Your French Trash Pandas

Paint Me Like One Of Your French Trash Pandas

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Sarcasm101
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5 months ago

Hey sexy~

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#31

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

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

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

"Have some munchies for us??"

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#32

In 200 Feet, Turn Right At The Intersection

In 200 Feet, Turn Right At The Intersection

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

We have a winner here!!!

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#33

Baby Raccoon Hiding From Me

Baby Raccoon Hiding From Me

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Neil Srivatsa
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5 months ago

What raccoon, I don't see any?

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#34

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

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

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Sarcasm101
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5 months ago

Sorry, I was lookin for Georgie and I got stuck

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#35

I'm Listening

I'm Listening

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Olivier Caissy
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5 months ago

So Lucy is a raccoon now?

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#36

Chillin

Chillin

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Danieletc
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5 months ago

"This way to the pot of gold!"

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#37

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

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

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Sarcasm101
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5 months ago

Gimmeeeeee

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#38

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Viviane
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5 months ago

"Thanks, I found the dog books."

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#39

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

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

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Sarcasm101
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5 months ago

FBI OPEN UP

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#40

Trying To Hydrate, Nothing To See Here

Trying To Hydrate, Nothing To See Here

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Sarcasm101
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5 months ago

Lick*

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#41

Look At Them

Look At Them

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Norma
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5 months ago

No, we are NOT getting a racc...aw, hell...

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#42

Trash Panda So Cute

Trash Panda So Cute

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Victoria
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5 months ago

*blep*

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#43

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

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

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Kevin Donegan
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5 months ago

Paul unknowingly let the wild raccoon crawl onto this chest. This is the last photo of Paul with a bottom lip.

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#44

Sorry Amazon. I Didn’t Order A Raccoon

Sorry Amazon. I Didn’t Order A Raccoon

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Lord Mysticlaw
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5 months ago

I ORDERED A RACCOON!!!

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#45

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

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

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Natasha Chick
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5 months ago

we have mice in our attic at the moment and they are soooo loud. I literally cant imagine the amount of noise racoons would make!

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#46

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

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

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Kevin Donegan
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5 months ago

Want to know a secret? Did you hear about Martha?

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#47

Pure, Cozy Bliss

Pure, Cozy Bliss

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Neil Srivatsa
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5 months ago

"Ahhh, this is the life"

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#48

Had No Idea These Grew On Trees

Had No Idea These Grew On Trees

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Weim Central
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5 months ago

Pure majesty.

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#49

Sharing Cheetos With The Underground

Sharing Cheetos With The Underground

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Danieletc
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5 months ago

"We all float down here, kid."

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#50

When You Hear A Wild Bit Of Gossip

When You Hear A Wild Bit Of Gossip

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5 months ago

And I oop-

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