2012 Canada Scott #2506 Stamp – Baby Wildlife Series – Raccoon
Issued: Jan. 16, 2012
Three curious, wide-eyed baby raccoons peek out from behind the crux of a tree on this Canadian stamp. The stamp’s designers, Monique Dufour and Sophie Lafortune, chose a photograph that captured the tenderness and playfulness of these three raccoon babies. These American mammals are shown in their natural habitat in Canada. The use of these cute baby raccoons on this 2012 Baby Wildlife stamp tug at the emotions, and make both stamp collectors and consumers alike smile. Hopefully these wildlife stamps will encourage all of us to learn more about these beautiful creatures and other wildlife in our lands.
NORTH AMERICAN RACCOON
A medium-sized mammal, the raccoon is the largest member of the procyonid family, which also includes coatis, kinkajous, olingos, olinguitos, ringtails and cacomistles. Deciduous and mixed forests are the original habitats of the raccoon. However, due to its adaptability the raccoon has extended its range to many other habitats, including mountainous areas, coastal marshes, and urban areas. The raccoon is found throughout North America and as far south as Panama. Within the last 50 years, raccoons have also been introduced into Europe, most notably Germany and France, and Asia, most notably Russia and Japan. Raccoons are omnivorous carnivores eating small animals(including frogs and fish) and eggs, along with berries, grasses and other types of vegetation. The average lifespan for a wild raccoon is relatively short, just two to three years; however, domesticated raccoons have lived over 20 years.
These two raccoon babies are in a tree nest in Acadia National Park in Maine.
Raccoon kits are born helpless in the spring, but just six short weeks later, they can walk, climb and wrestle with their siblings. The kits are raised by their mother over the summer, and are able to forage on their own by the fall. A common sight in rural and suburban areas, the raccoon’s bandit-mask and agile front paws have enhanced its reputation for mischief,