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On the other hand, the movie postulates the development of an urban "uber raccoon," as though this is going to be some kind of monster taking over cities and towns. They suggest that their problem-solving ability with locks and latches is almost human-like and paint a picture of a non-existent threat of super-intelligent beasts. They are admittedly very adaptive animals who are simply using their skills to exist, feed themselves and make more raccoons. This is pretty much all raccoons have ever done over millions of years. No sinister conspiracy here.
To listen to these guys you'd expect to hear of raccoons hijacking automobiles and taking over people's homes. Some of their selective filming suggests that this is on the verge of happening. In a sense this adds a bit of humor to the film, but only if you're critical enough to see through the hype. In other respects, it's just another bunch of careerist young scientists hatching up another emergency that needs a government solution, generously supplied by themselves. I found myself rooting for the raccoons.
It had some very interesting facts about raccoons that were new to me. Some unique footage as well, particularly a mother raccoon trying to help her babies get through an awkward, upside down crack in a farm shed.
The pace of the documentary slows down a bit after the middle.
Overall a pretty cool documentary about raccoons. 3.5/5
The work said that raccoons are helped in many ways. They have opposable, hardworking front hands like we do. They are cared for and trained by their mothers like we are. They have more food sources because they are omnivorous. They are nocturnal and thus avoid human detection. But in the same way that viruses seem to get stronger each time modern scientists come up with vaccines. Raccoons in urban areas are adapting and improving mentally. Believe me: I know firsthand that the animals can knock over garbage cans and make a total mess. Moveover, this work shows them being able to open refrigerator doors, unzip tents, and climb through all kinds of stuff.
This work had an international flavor. I guess raccoons are indigenous to North America, but their importation to other places is wreaking havoc. When German scientists got folk to put blockers on the storm drains that the critters climb, they learned how to climb over those too. In Japan, raccoons are chewing up ancient shrines. Worse, their doodoo and peepee is eroding antique wooden architecture. There was a cartoon that started a raccoon craze in Japan decades ago. Foreign folk gotta be careful about appropriating each and every thing that they hear we have in the US.Read more ›
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What can I say? I LOVE RACCOONS, and this is a wonderful DVD concerning the critters of my passion. There is something for anyone interested in raccoons. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Coondaddy
Nature is such a good PBS program, and this film belongs in "the best of the best" category. It entirely changes how you look at raccoons.Published 14 months ago by Peg C.