There are some animals in our world who've gotten a really bad rap over the years. Three of these creatures are raccoons, skunks and possums. These animals are generally regarded as pests throughout North America and we'd like to take the time to point out how awesome each of these curious creatures are. Take a peek at the gallery below to check out tattoos of raccoons, skunks and possums from talented tattooers around the world. Then let us know your favorite cuddly critter of the bunch in the comments section on social media.
Raccoons are native to North America and belong to the procyonid family. Despite what many may think, these critters are highly intelligent and can remember tasks for at least three years. They're most recognized for their impressive dexterous paws, masked face and ringed tail. Raccoons have been depicted frequently throughout popular culture, notably Rocket from "Guardians of the Galaxy," Meeko from "Pocahontas," and Rigby from "Regular Show."
Skunks are mammals native to North and South America. They below to the mephitidae family and their closest relatives are the stink badgers. They're best known for their spray, which is used as a defense weapon against potential predators. Skunks, specifically the striped skunk, are known to be quite social. They can be kept as pets in 17 U.S. states, with some removing their spray glands surgically. There are many famous skunks depicted throughout popular culture, including Flower of "Bambi," Pepé Le Pew of "Looney Tunes" and Kicks of "Animal Crossing."
Possums (also called Opossums) are native to North and South America. They belong to the marsupial family and are the only marsupials found North of Mexico. There are approximately 110 species in the Western Hemisphere, however, the only species found in the United States is the Virginia Opossum. Possums are best known for playing dead, which is an adaptive behavior used as a defense mechanism or aggressive mimicry. Some of the most popular possums found in popular culture include Pogo of the comic strip of the same name, Crash and Eddie of "Ice Age: The Meltdown" and Ozzie and Heather of "Over the Hedge."