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Stanley Park near Vancouver Downtown is a paradise for the raccoons. Normally a nocturnal animal, you can see some of them wandering in the alley of the park, certainly looking for some food. Those animal are very curious and quite friendly.

Extract from Wikipedia on the behaviour of the raccoon : "All raccoons are nocturnal and omnivorous, eating berries, insects, eggs and small animals. Raccoons sometimes wash, or douse, their food in water before eating it. It is unknown why raccoons perform dousing, but cleaning food is unlikely to be the reason. Studies have found that raccoons engage in dousing motions when water is unavailable; researchers note that captive raccoons are more likely than wild raccoons to douse food. It has been suggested that captive raccoons are mimicking fishing and shellfish-foraging behaviors. It may also be that the raccoon is searching for unwanted material, as water is thought to heighten their sense of touch."

Michel

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