Blonde (Blond) and Red Raccoons?
Many people have seen the “typical” masked bandit that so often raids our garbage cans at night. But very few people have seen a blonde raccoon, and even fewer have seen a red raccoon.
An individual, in one of the forums in 2003, who was working with a fur buyer at the time, stated that the buyer purchased over half a million raccoon skins every year. They stated that only about 8-10 of the skins out of that half million would be blonde, and only 1 would be albino. No, a blonde raccoon is not an albino. And this individual added that the red ones, those having a more reddish brown color, were even rarer than the albino.
The raccoon is an image that often comes to mind when thinking of the wild frontier, and was especially made famous by those who were depicted as wearing a coonskin cap, such as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. But the blonde or red raccoon is typically not pictured or mentioned, and because of this few people have ever heard of them.
The coloring of a raccoon can range from a light blonde color, to one with shades of reddish-rust and brown, to one composed of a deep, dark gray and black, and every shade in-between these colors. The tail always has dark and light rings of color, and the mask around the eyes is generally the bandit’s darkest feature.
Notice that an albino raccoon has pink nose and feet, whereas, a blonde raccoon's is dark. The albino has no mask. And his eyes are much lighter.
Fun and Interesting Tidbits About All Raccoons
- They have been heard purring
- They can run 10-15 mph over short distances, and can swim about 3 mph
- They are able to both sweat, and to pant (like a dog), to cool themselves down.
- Raccoons are also known as Washer Bears
- The raccoon’s native range is North American, ranging from Panama through southern Canada.
- Raccoons have gone feral in Germany where they escaped from fur farms. They have multiplied profusely there, having no natural enemies. They have become a threat to the country’s wine industry where they have caused havoc in the wine cellars and storage areas in their search for food.
- Raccoons can carry canine distemper, parvovirus, and rabies. In the U.S., 37.5% of rabies cases were raccoons.
- Rabies has become so prevalent among the raccoon population that several states in the U.S., and some areas in Canada, have developed oral vaccination programs.
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