In early 2014, Redditor /u/CarlPeligro made a brief comment on a photo of a raccoon: “Raccoons = trash pandas.”
The description stuck, and now the term “trash pandas” has permeated across Reddit, Imgur, and Instagram alike. There is now a subreddit devoted entirely to “trash pandas.” The online community members include owners of domesticated raccoons as well as obsessed fans of the new word for raccoon.
Let’s dive into the weird world of “trash pandas.”
'Trash Pandas' makes sense because raccoons share the black and white colouring of panda bears, but are similar in size and shape to a red panda. They also love trash.
This photoshopped pic is titled: 'Hot Topic employee proposes to lower middle class trashpanda. Love knows no bounds.'
Redditor /u/2Guard added background info in the comment section. 'Maybe interesting to know: My neighbours got this little guy from a forest ranger who found him all alone in the woods. She nurtures wild animals and kept him for a few months.'
A week after the raccoon was removed, this tombstone was placed in the same spot -- calling the raccoon a trash panda.
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