Raccoons Don’t Really Wash Their Food





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Sources:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/230159544_A_critical_re-examination_of_food_washing_behaviour_in_the_raccoon_Procyon_lotor_Linn
https://www.dwds.de/wb/Waschb%C3%A4r
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1094919409000036
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07367228609144598 https://books.google.com/books/about/Raccoons.html?id=vnhVibvnzvIC Image Sources:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Procyon_lotor_7_-_am_Wasser.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:California_Raccoon.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mm_Hand.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Raccoon_in_bayou.jpg

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