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Raccoons’ “Masks” Help Them See.

The characteristic markings around raccoons’ eyes (often compared to masks due to their appearance) aren’t just for show — they actually help the little creatures see. The dark fur under and around their eyes works the same way that the black markings that athletes wear under their eyes do: the dark color absorbs incoming light and reduces glare that would otherwise bounce into their eyes. Raccoons are active at night and less peripheral light makes it easier for them to clearly see contrast in the objects their eyes are focused on, which is essential for seeing well in the dark.

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