Nashi was found at only a couple days old. She had been chewed on by rats and her tail was completely de-sheathed (skin was missing), it was so damaged that it had to be removed. She was taken in by the humane society and came to Turtle Bay at about one year of age in spring 2008.

About Raccoons
Order: Canivora; Family: Procyonidae; Species: Procyon lotor

Range: Throughout North America in southern Canada, through the United States in most areas, down into central and northern South America. 

Habitat: They are found in all different habitats as they can easily adapt, even being able to co-inhabit areas where humans live. They prefer to have a water source nearby, they enjoy swimming and find their favorite foods near water. 

Diet: Being a scavenger, they will eat most anything, including from wild fruits and nuts to invertebrates, small animals, eggs, frogs, and fish. They are opportunistic, so if it is edible, chances are they will eat it, even carrion. Living near people, they often rummage through garbage cans in search of a meal.  

LifespanUp to 16 years in the wild, averaging about 5 years; up to 20 years in captivity, record was 21 years.

Fun Facts

  • They usually travel in a straight path from the den site to food. 
  • Fully nocturnal, it is rare to see a raccoon during the day. 
  • Raccoons have excellent sense of touch. They will use this to feel for food in dark places and under water without looking. They also have acute hearing and good night-time vision. 
  • Raccoons tend to wash their food before eating it; in fact, their species name "lotor" means "the washer" in Latin. 
  • "Nashi" is a Native American word meaning "Blackened face". 

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