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Why Do People Nickname Raccoons "Trash Pandas"? :)

Asked by King_Galaxius (307points) 1 month ago

I found this term hilarious on Instagram. :)

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Forever_Free's avatar

“Trash Pandas” makes sense because raccoons share the black and white coloring of panda bears, but are similar in size and shape to a red panda. They also love trash.

They will also feed on fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds and trash, hence why they are sometimes referred to as trash pandas.

LuckyGuy's avatar

We have plenty of them in my neighborhood.
They do look a little like pandas. And they will knock over and go through your trash cans unless you do something to scare them away. If you forget to close your garage door they will absolutely destroy any bird food containers you have stored.

Decades ago when we had barn cats a racoon got into my barn and opened the metal pull tops on about a dozen cans of cat food. It takes a lot of dexterity to do that.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I got a cable and padlock for my garbage bin.
Yeah, the nickname fits.

ragingloli's avatar

Pure and simple racism.

KNOWITALL's avatar

It became popular terminology after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 came out.

cookieman's avatar

^^ True. Peter Quill referred to Rocket (who insists he’s not a raccoon despite looking just like one) as a Trash Panda.

Patty_Melt's avatar

It gained popularity, but it was not new. I recall seeing it used here in the past. I feel like Ibstubro used it. I could be wrong, but I don’t think so. ;-)

KNOWITALL's avatar

It doesn’t hurt that it’s a cute name for an animal many harm intentionally, as well. They are pretty cute.

gondwanalon's avatar

Good name for them. They’re cute disease spreading prowlers of the garbage.

Jonsblond's avatar

The proper term should be trash ninja.

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