ARE CITY RAC­COONS CLEVERER THAN THEIR COUN­TRY COUSINS?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our World - Imo­gene Can­cel­lare

Rac­coons may have in­creased adap­tive abil­i­ties in re­sponse to novel sit­u­a­tions, and the cog­ni­tive de­mands of ur­ban set­tings might be re­spon­si­ble for re­cent claims that city rac­coons solve the same prob­lems (such as open­ing rub­bish bins) faster than their ru­ral coun­ter­parts. This is un­sur­pris­ing given the prob­lem-solv­ing abil­i­ties demon­strated by other ur­ban species, such as coy­otes and bullfinches.

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