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Who’d like to share the house you own,

    But also carries fleas?

Who’ll make their home in chimney tops,

    As well as in your trees?


Whose paws, resembling human hands,

    Can open jars or cans?

Whose colours camouflage them well,

    Away from sight of man?


Who live in North America

    And are adaptable and smart?

Whose white masked face and stripey tail

    Could almost win your heart?


They’re omnivorous, eating many foods

    And live near ponds or creeks.

But when the cold winds start to blow

    Warm shelter then they seek.


Beware if they seem rather tame -

    It could be they are ill!

A rabid bite will cause you harm,

    And rabies can well kill.


Raccoons.  They’re who I’m speaking of!

    You’ll know if they’re about.

You’ll see sharp eyes, a set of teeth,

      And a powerful little snout.


Their fox-like faces are well known,

   And they’ll show themselves at night.

And be careful with your cats and dogs,

   For with raccoons they may well fight.


They’re a nuisance to we human kind;

   And to them, we may be too.

Great Britain wants to keep them out,

    Though you’ll find them in the zoo.


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