PHOTO: Mother raccoon leads cubs across the canal at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

[Beverly Meekins Photo]

The weather may be cooling down immensely, but that isn’t stopping the raccoons from making their trek across the canals at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

In the featured image captured by wildlife photographer Beverly Meekins, a mother raccoon, known scientifically as Procyon lotor, and her four cubs swim across a canal at the scenic refuge.

Raccoons are omnivorous and highly adaptable. You’re bound to see them next time you venture to one of the many local Wildlife Refuges.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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