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Sweet! Watch this mother raccoon teach her kid how to climb a tree

How do raccoons learn to climb trees? Their mothers teach them, that’s how! Just like we human parents help our kids master the art of walking or riding a bike, raccoon moms show their offspring how to climb a tree and then encourage them to try it themselves by gently prodding them — or, in some cases, by picking them up by the scruff of the neck and making them do it. This YouTube video captured a climbing lesson in progress, and as you can see, this mother raccoon taught her kid well:

AboutJohn Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.