The internet is obsessed with this raccoon that can’t stop washing its hands


If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week, you’ve probably seen at least one viral video of a raccoon diligently washing its hands. The footage, which was captured by a homeowner in Nashville, Tennessee, has been viewed millions of times and spawned a slew of memes and Twitter jokes.

The raccoon, which has since been dubbed “Mr. Washerton,” is seen standing on its hind legs at a sink, using its front paws to turn on the water and then wash its hands. It then methodically dries its hands off with a towel before scampering away.

While some have speculated that the raccoon may have been trained or that the footage is fake, experts say that it’s likely neither. It’s more likely that the raccoon is just instinctively trying to clean itself, as they are known to do.

“They are one of the few animals that can use their paws like we use our hands,” Mark Elbroch, director of science for the Painted Dog Conservation told National Geographic. “So they have a lot of dexterity, which allows them to do things like open a door handle or turn on a faucet.”

Elbroch added that it’s not uncommon for raccoons to wash their food before eating it, but it’s rare to see them washing their hands like this.

The video of Mr. Washerton has captivated the internet, with many people declaring the raccoon their new favorite animal. The homeowner who filmed the footage, identified only as Josh, told CNN that he’s glad the raccoon is getting so much attention.

“I’m glad everyone’s getting a kick out of it,” he said. “I just wish he wouldn’t do it at 2 a.m.”

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