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Proud Raccoon Artists Are Posing Next To Their Paintings And They Look So Happy
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Animals, Art1 year ago

Proud Raccoon Artists Are Posing Next To Their Paintings And They Look So Happy

When thinking of raccoons, we picture feisty creatures scavenging through the trash, making themselves a leftover dinner party that all the yard is invited to. But the Tito raccoon family is proving us wrong.

Meet Piper, Cheeto, and Tito, three rescue raccoons who launched a very successful career in art. In fact, their colorful abstract hand paintings are not for art lovers on a tight budget. Ranging from a $75 piece titled “Tiny Masterpiece” by Cheeto to a whopping $150 for a “Custom Masterpiece” executed by Piper with colors selected by you, these are the masterpieces taking social media by storm.

Both hilarious and amusing, these are the paintings from the Jackson Pollocks of the raccoon world and you may wanna be quick to snatch one ’cause they’re selling out fast. Like, before they even hit the market.

More info: Twitter | Instagram | TitoTheRaccoon.com

Rescue raccoons are taking the art world and social media by storm with colorful hand paintings

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Bored Panda reached out to animal behaviorist Suzanne MacDonald at York University, Toronto in order to find out more about raccoons and whether these animals can truly be drawn to art. Prof. MacDonald explained that “You can train any animal to paint, really. All you need is patience and a steady supply of food rewards.”

When it comes to raccoons, the professor said that they are easy because “they can grasp things with their hands.” However, she assured us that there’s absolutely no evidence that raccoons appreciate art, “but then again, it is impossible to ask them… so who knows?”

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The animal behaviorist also said that there are many misconceptions about the raccoons. “In urban settings, they’re seen as scavengers, but they are actually members of the Carnivore order, which also includes cats, dogs, and bears.”

That means they are able to eat almost anything, like humans, which are also omnivores. “Raccoons can exploit a lot of different food resources, which, in cities, includes trash.” Moreover, they have “very sensitive little paws that provide grasp,” which allows them to eat a wide range of foods.

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A good painter should always recharge their batteries

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And people on Twitter got seriously into this Raccoco art

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Ellz Jellz
Community Member
1 year ago

I have more questions about this! Where does the money for this art go? I checked on the Tito website and other than a link to donate, there is no further info. What exactly are you donating to? I would hope that it would in part go to some kind of animal based, or raccoon rehabilitation charity, but there is no indication of this. Otherwise you are simply paying these people money for a novelty item which is potentially being generated by exploiting these animals. Im not at all saying that is the case and would be more than happy to be proven wrong. On the face of it, it just seems like people who already have the money to care for these wild animals, are making money from them for their own gain.

Oliver
Community Member
1 year ago

Agreed. There are few circumstances where they wouldn’t have been eligible for re-release. Did someone find baby raccoons and make them pets? They need to give a lot more information. As adorable as they are, I’d hate if they were being exploited.

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Josiah Macchi
Community Member
1 year ago

he's so happy and i'm so happy for his happiness :D

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, the raccoons definitely paint better than I can. They're such cute little rascals. It's good to see them so happy and loved.

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Ellz Jellz
Community Member
1 year ago

I have more questions about this! Where does the money for this art go? I checked on the Tito website and other than a link to donate, there is no further info. What exactly are you donating to? I would hope that it would in part go to some kind of animal based, or raccoon rehabilitation charity, but there is no indication of this. Otherwise you are simply paying these people money for a novelty item which is potentially being generated by exploiting these animals. Im not at all saying that is the case and would be more than happy to be proven wrong. On the face of it, it just seems like people who already have the money to care for these wild animals, are making money from them for their own gain.

Oliver
Community Member
1 year ago

Agreed. There are few circumstances where they wouldn’t have been eligible for re-release. Did someone find baby raccoons and make them pets? They need to give a lot more information. As adorable as they are, I’d hate if they were being exploited.

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Josiah Macchi
Community Member
1 year ago

he's so happy and i'm so happy for his happiness :D

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, the raccoons definitely paint better than I can. They're such cute little rascals. It's good to see them so happy and loved.

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