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28 Cute Raccoon Pictures That Will Make You Smile

While the words "raccoon" and "adorable" don't always go hand in hand (depending on the circumstances), we have no doubt these cute raccoon photos will bring a smile to your face.

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Little masked bandits

Whether you live in a bustling city or on a rural plot of land, chances are you’ve seen your fair share of raccoons in everyday life. From their unique dexterous hands to their dark stripes under their eyes to help them see more clearly, raccoons are well-adapted and intelligent—sometimes too smart, like when they get into your trash can. Despite their mischievous nature, or maybe because of it, raccoons are pretty darn irresistible, as these cute raccoon pictures prove. We know you’ll want to see more adorable animal pics after you get your fill of these little trash pandas, so make sure to check out the cutest animals in the world, cute animal pictures, and cute possum pictures next.

Portrait Of A Raccoon Resting On A Wood Railing.Anne Wright Dobbelsteyn / EyeEm/Getty Images

Rest up

We all need to take a breather sometimes. The same goes for these masked bandits, including this cute raccoon taking a quick rest on a wooden gate. Raccoons aren’t the only animals that look adorable while resting—some of these cute puppy pictures may take the cake.

Northern Raccoon reaching for flowerStan Tekiela Author/Naturalist / Wildlife Photographer/Getty Images

Flower power

There’s nothing quite like a brilliant flower to brighten up a spring day—and it looks like this cute raccoon agrees.

Close-up of squirrel on tree trunk,Wisconsin,United States,USAkurt herr/500px/Getty Images

Double trouble

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Raccoons at Assateague Island National Seashore in MarylandPaul Souders/Getty Images

Best buddies

Young raccoons have friends too! These two adorable younguns were seen walking in the grass on a summer evening at the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland. Almost as precious as (if not more so than) these cute ferret pictures.

Raccoon in a tubePicture by Tambako the Jaguar/Getty Images

Lights, camera, action!

This furry friend is ready for its close-up in this cute raccoon picture. It really knows how to strike a pose! How do these precious photos of baby turtles compare?

Sighting funny raccoon in the Key Biscayne state park scratching belly.Artur Debat/Getty Images

Sitting duck…

…or should we say sitting raccoon? It’s pretty rare to see one of these creatures enjoying a nice seat, like this one here is doing at the Key Biscayne state park.

Two Raccoons in a tree hollowSean Russell/Getty Images

Whack-a-mole

These two raccoons huddled snugly in a tree look just like the little plastic moles used in the carnival game. Just make sure not to bop these two cute raccoons on the head.

Raccoon on a treeEnn Li  Photography/Getty Images

Peekaboo!

This playful furry critter is peeking out from behind a tree trunk. It looks like he’s ready for another round of hide-and-seek. Are raccoons not your thing? If not, check out these cute hedgehog pictures instead.

Raccoon Sleeping On Wood At ZooMichael Berg/EyeEm/Getty Images

Nap time

Being a raccoon all day can be exhausting—they have to get in their Z’s where they can. We think this little buddy is one adorable animal that can sleep pretty much anywhere.

Portrait Of Raccoon On Wooden ShelfOlaf Pappers/EyeEm/Getty Images

Portrait ready

Come on…just look at this little face.

Two kissing racoons (Procyon lotor)Kryssia Campos/Getty Images

Puppy love…

…but make it raccoon style. These little lovers are some of the cutest raccoons we’ve seen.

Cute burglar (young raccoon)All copyrights reserved by Harris Hui/Getty Images

Fall foliage

A raccoon out and about, enjoying the shade of some evergreen foliage.

Raccoon Washing Up In PuddlePamela Werrell/EyeEm/Getty Images

Bath time

Even though raccoons are often associated with trash, that doesn’t mean they’re always dirty. You don’t have to take our word for it, though: Check out this raccoon picture of a furry friend washing up in a puddle.

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Baby raccoon holding on a tree with green leavesigermz/Getty Images

Just hanging out

A baby raccoon hangs onto a tree branch. Did you know that raccoons were actually named after their extremely dexterous hands, which allow them to grip things like tree branches and trash? The word comes from a native Powhatan term for “animal that scratches with its hands.” Go figure.

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Up on the housetop

This little bandit stretches out on a rooftop. Is anyone else reminded of a cute little kitten after a long nap?

An urban raccoon recons backyards in preparation for the night's raid.Photo by James Keith/Getty Images

Downy pelt

Look at the fur on this guy! This raccoon shows that not everything is just black, white, and gray in terms of raccoon coloring.

Portrait Of Racoon Standing On FieldJoelle Levesque/EyeEm/Getty Images

Sun’s out, tongues out

This little guy is hot from the sun.

High Angle View Of Raccoons In LakeDirk Lehmhus/EyeEm/Getty Images

Deep dive

Three cute raccoons go for a swim to cool off. Raccoons aren’t the only animals that enjoy each other’s company—check out these cute sloth pictures to see why.

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Just popping in

This furry friend is just popping up to say hello in this adorable raccoon picture.

RACCOON, PROCYON LOTOR, FISHING; UINTA NATIONAL FOREST, UTKevin Schafer/Getty Images

Reel it in

Looks like it’s going to be a big catch today! This raccoon catches a fish in between its paws.

View Of A Baby Raccoon Playing With Water Bowl On A Wooden Deck.Anne Wright Dobbelsteyn/EyeEm/Getty Images

Take it easy

A baby raccoon lies down after playing with a water bowl. All in a hard day’s work! Here are some more photos of baby animals you’ve love instantly.

Close-Up Portrait Of RaccoonJim Nelson/EyeEm/Getty Images

Trash panda

Let’s be honest…this close-up is certainly a cute raccoon picture. With the markings around the eyes, it’s no wonder raccoons are sometimes playfully referred to as trash pandas.

Low Angle View Of Two Raccoons On BranchPaul Teysen/EyeEm/Getty Images

Camouflage

At first glance it may look like this is just a photo of one raccoon atop a tree branch. Look again, however, and you’ll notice another little buddy tucked away underneath.

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Baby RacoonEnn Li  Photography/Getty Images

Off to the races

Watching baby animals frolic through nature is as cute as it gets, and doing so with a baby raccoon is no exception. Cute farm animals also do the trick.

Travel Destination : Bearizona in ArizonaGabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

Balancing act

This raccoon has no issues balancing on a tree branch and looking cute while doing so.

Raccoon Peering Through A GatePam Wright/EyeEm/Getty Images

Locked out

There’s something almost human about the raccoon in this picture. Poor little guy just wants to be let in.

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racoon in a treeChris Mikula/Getty Images

Hide and seek

Talk about blending in with your surroundings! This little raccoon is safely tucked away inside a tree.

Adorable Raccoon Posing for Camera at Caumsett State Park, Long IslandVicki Jauron/Getty Images

Model status

Strike a pose! This cute raccoon is ready for its close-up.

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Lucie Turkel
Lucie Turkel is a cultural journalist, researcher, and digital producer specializing in social justice, history, and lifestyle pieces. Her work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society's Key Reporter journal, the University of Connecticut Daily Campus, and UConn Communications.