In my first post, I mentioned something called raccoon sense. It’s a joking term that my fiancee and I use to describe my adoration of things I find aesthetically appealing because it is colorful or sparkly.
At first, I wasn’t sure why I chose the raccoon as my patron saint of design. Why not a magpie? They’re notorious for stealing shiny objects. My mother would refer to me as a magpie when I was a child because of my attraction to glittering goodies. But it didn’t stick.
After using the phrase “raccoon sense” when describing why I liked Christmas trees (even though it’s floral genocide), I googled raccoons and shiny objects. Here’s an excerpt from a pest control site about baiting traps for them which confirmed my theory that raccoons are mammalian magpies:
- Raccoons are attracted to shiny objects. Place some wadded up aluminum foil in the trap to make them curious.
- – Do-It-Yourself Pest Control
But raccoons don’t limit their definition of shiny to just metallic objects. The newest electronic gadget might be consider the “latest shiny” in popular vernacular, and raccoons agree. Watch this video from Time On Scene’s YouTube channel:
Let‘s just hope this guy has an unlimited plan. (And it was so cute, the footage of the little creature running away!)
Anything sparkling, shining, or glowing will attract a raccoon’s attention and invoke their tremendous curiousity. However, according to Wikipedia, raccoons have terrible color perception, with the exception of green values. This contradicts part of my definition of “raccoon sense” but I created the term, so I make the rules about it. Whatever, I do what I want!
This love of the sparkly comes in handy when shopping. I can look at a display and instantly fall in love with something, and don’t have to study the racks to find something I like to stylishly fit my needs. Take, for instance, the sunglasses on the right. I needed some and found this rhinestone studded pair. Shopping completed in record time.
Since my initial research, raccoons have become sort of a mascot for me. Here’s just a few reasons why, summarized in a handy list:
It should be noted that while raccoons have a bad reputation as a carrier of rabies, they aren’t always rabid even if they’re out and about during the day. Still, if you see one when the sun is shining, it doesn’t mean they’re safe to approach. They are wild animals and likely have young nearby (keeping them awake at all hours, just like human children!). They can and will attack if they feel threatened.
Another reason raccoons are my spirit animal: they can love cats. Although they compete for food, stray cats and raccoons occasionally team up and even become friends. The combination is enough to make you say “Awww!”
There you have it: a long, drawn out definition of “raccoon sense” and why raccoons are my spirit animal. (I forgot to mention their bitchin’ eye make-up, though.) To summarize: raccoons are cool because they love sparkly stuff and cats like me.