Happy international #RaccoonAppreciationDay! 🦝
Well, „officially“ it was yesterday but a raccoon wouldn't care and so neither will we ^__^
It's #InternationalRaccoonAppreciationDay so let's appreciate this poor #raccoon (probably a Crab-eating raccoon, Procyon cancrivorus) who got mistaken for a #coati (a fellow procyonid) in a 1737/41 sketchbook by Emanuel Mendes Da Costa (1717-1791).
For #RaccoonAppreciationDay here is a watercolor of Linnaeus' pet #raccoon, Sjupp, by Lars Alstring, c.1746-7. Sjupp was a gift from Crown Prince Fredrik and lived in Linnaeus' garden at Uppsala. This work hung in Linnaeus' study at Hammarby.
Read more about Sjupp here: https://nature.com/articles/446255a