It’s 2019 and I stay assured that the properly of dog- and cat-themed social media accounts won’t ever run dry. That the web is essentially made by and for cats is a cliché older than desirous to haz a cheezburger, and the will to pet tender canine has turn out to be a straightforward substitute for really having a character. (I do it, you do it, it’s high-quality!) In truth, canines surpassed felines final 12 months as the net’s favourite animal, lengthy might they reign.

However recently, one thing bizarre has been occurring to me. I’ve turn out to be actually into, like, woodland creatures on the web? I’m speaking possums, raccoons, the occasional squirrel. I’m undecided if meerkats rely, however since they’re principally striped desert weasels I’m going to imagine they do. I feel rodents (and marsupials, within the case of possums) are cute now, and after I’m feeling burdened I discover it helps if I have a look at brief movies of actual chunky raccoons leaping up and down. Observe:

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Wow. Immediate dopamine hit.

I can’t triangulate precisely when this occurred however I feel I blame Poppy, the long-lasting rescue possum who resides on the Folsom Metropolis Zoo Sanctuary in my hometown. Because the zoo is solely for rescue functions, all of the animals there are stuff you’d discover round Folsom and the Higher Sacramento Space, like coyotes and deer and bobcats and skunks. Mainly, it’s a zoo devoted to stuff you would possibly by chance hit along with your automobile, and it is really higher than Disneyland.

When my mother began working there a number of years in the past, I adopted their Instagram to be supportive, and it seems it’s really very good content material! However the perfect content material of all is my beloved Poppy. Take a look at this gem:

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She was rescued when her mother was killed, and was the one one among her siblings to outlive. She shares her enclosure together with her companion, a skunk who paints:

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I’d characterize them as form of the Folsom rodent equal of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, however my mother has but to reply to my textual content for touch upon this. I didn’t even know I favored possums till Poppy, however it seems I’m not even alone on this. In truth, she’s turn out to be one thing of a celeb in Folsom.

Finally, The Algorithm caught onto my curiosity and shortly my Instagram Uncover web page was a lot of fluffy, chunky raccoons and possums. It was, frankly, reassuring to know that there was a whole neighborhood of people that additionally discover this stuff cute.

And so I’m going to say it: I feel woodland creatures are about to have their second. And should you’re not satisfied but that possums are the brand new canine and that raccoons ought to launch a 2020 exploratory committee, I’ve collected a number of the greatest accounts on social media that can assist you change your thoughts.

Right here’s an Instagram account with over 10,000 followers for a raccoon cafe in Daejeon, South Korea, the place I hope to spend my future honeymoon:

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One other icon is Gilbert the Possum, who has amassed 77,000 followers on Instagram, and who’s bafflingly cute:

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Why…why do I like this? Tito the Raccoon (65,000 followers) has a whole lot of cat and canine associates, as a result of he’s a delight:

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And sorry however should you’re not one of many 614,000 individuals following Jill the Squirrel on Instagram, you might be squandering the reward that’s the web:

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In case you’re into one other Poppy the Possum, there’s this one who lives with a human and sometimes bullies the resident cat.

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Ew. I really like her.

After which, in fact, there’s Pumpkin. This racoonfluencer with over one million followers lives within the Bahamas and is in some way well-behaved sufficient to cohabit with kids, a number of canine, and a white sofa. I’m not even housebroken sufficient to maintain a white sofa clear and I went to varsity!

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Are these animals widespread now as a result of, in a 12 months wherein the dominant white man as soon as once more controls every thing and all of it appears to be getting a bit worse, we would collectively wish to root for an ugly-cute underdog who’s light and loves trash? I truthfully cannot speculate. However I’m thrilled to announce that raccoons and possums are in for spring 2019. We did it.



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