Germany is plagued by an overpopulation of raccoons who are eating the Germans’ wine grapes. (I can imagine the raccoons would — I feed grapes to my neighborhood coonies every night.)

But, how did the non-native raccoons end up in Germany? Around 1934, “[t]he move was encouraged by Hermann Goering, the Nazi
leader who, apart from being the head of Hitler’s air force, was the
chief forester of the Third Reich. The raccoons, known as wash-bears in Germany, were seen by Goering as an enrichment to German woodland.” See? We learn something new every day! Isn’t life exciting? OPEN THREAD!

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