|A raccoon is one of the most fascinating and among the most intelligent of wild animals. The common name "raccoon" comes from the Indian word "aroughcun" or "arakum," meaning "he scratches with his hands."|
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Socially, while raccoons are considered as usually solitary, it is the adult males which tend to be solitary; matriarchal family groups are quite social and will feed and den together into the fall. Raccoons are usually thought of as nocturnal animals.