Raccoon

The Raccoon is a type of Friend that has made appearances in all Kemono Friends media to date.

Raccoon

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Character Data
Also known as: Arai-san, Common Raccoon
Japanese Name: アライグマ
Romanised Name: Araiguma
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Raccoon's Merchandise
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Procyon lotor
Distribution: America, mainland Europe, Caucasia, Japan
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 2-3 years
Read More: Raccoon
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Raccoon Anime Season 2 Manga Festival​ (Costume)​ Pavilion​ (Gen 2)​ KF3​ (V2)​ Kingdom Nexon Game Stage Play Gallery

Appearance

Raccoon has brown eyes with silver gray hair that fades to white towards the bottom, while at the front her hair turns black, with a white line in between and a white spot in the middlemost bang. She has two rounded animal ears and a ringed long tail befitting her species. She wears a lavender shirt with puffed sleeves and a white fur collar with a black bow tie. Her long black and white gradient gloves matches the lower part of her outfit, with a black short skirt, gray leggings that fade to white towards the bottom, short black socks and black loafers.

Series Appearances

Appearances In Kemono Friends Media
Media Role

Minor Appearances

Kemono Friends Puzzle Puzzle Gokko

Raccoon appears as a minor character in Puzzle Puzzle Gokko. She appears on top of the board on some levels of the game as a still picture of her anime model.

Kemono Friends Picross

Raccoon appears in 2 different puzzles of Kemono Friends Picross where the player can obtain a picture of the friend by solving a puzzle.

Tobu Japari Park

Raccoon appeared in Tobu Japari Park, an interactive promotional collaboration between Kemono Friends and Tobu Zoo.

Bikkuriman

Raccoon appears on a sticker of Bikkuriman, a line of wafer treats produced by Lotte, notable for the highly collectible stickers that come bundled with each wafer.

In Real Life

 
A pair of Raccoons looking for food.

Raccoons are originally found across the United States, southern Canada, Mexico and northern South America, but have also been introduced to parts of Asia and Europe. They are bear-like mammals at about the size of a cat, with a thick layer of fur that ranges from gray to brown colors. Their most distinctive feature are the black mask across the eyes and their bushy ringed tail. Their paws have five fingers each, giving them a great ability for grabbing things and climbing. Those paws are extra sensitive, and they are the main tool that raccoons use to sense the world around them.

Common Raccoons are highly adaptable, found across multiple regions as long as a water source is available, inclining woodland areas, farmlands, suburban and urban areas. They make their dens in trees, caves, sewers, deserted buildings and houses, where they have been known to sleep for long periods of time when harsh, cold climates arrive during winter.

As an omnivorous species and opportunistic feeders, Raccoons feed on fruits, nuts, insects, rodents, frogs, eggs and crayfish, but they have adapted to eat what they can find in urban areas. They are active at night, and are solitary most of the time.


Trivia

 
Photo of robot Raccoon during the event "アライグマがやってくる!?けものフレンズ3 SHOPにあそびに行くのだ!" together with the guest, KemoV's Island Fox on screen. Image from PR Times.
 
The fully animated Live2D model of Raccoon resembling the design of KemoV's Friend designs. The model was used for the robot Raccoon's face during the Kemono Friends 3 pop-up store event in 2023. The image was taken from an AR image generated from the event ticket.
  • The character Raccoon appeared at the Pop-Up Shop at Shinjuku Marui held on March 4, 2023, as an interactive robot for the event "アライグマがやってくる!?けものフレンズ3 SHOPにあそびに行くのだ!" together with the guest, KemoV's Island Fox on screen. The robot has movable arms and is voiced by Raccoon's CV to interact and greet participants. PR Times report. Her face was a fully-animated Live2D avatar similar to KemoV's Vtuber designs.
  • Raccoons are very good swimmers and can stay in the water for hours, often hunting for food there.
  • That extra sensitivity in their paws may explain some of their most peculiar behaviors, like individuals in captivity rolling their food in the water or rubbing their hands together when not holding anything.

References

http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Procyon_lotor/

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/41686/0

https://a-z-animals.com/animals/raccoon/

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