Bandit (raccoon)

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Bandit raccoon with owner.jpg
Bandit with owner, Deborah Klitsch
Bornc. 1994
DiedMay 9, 2004 (aged 9-10)
Known forworld's fattest raccoon

Bandit (c. 1994 – May 9, 2004) was a raccoon which came to attention after being named "The World's Fattest Raccoon" by The Guinness Book of World Records.

He was born with a thyroid problem which led to his massive weight gain. He was adopted by a dog and raised as one of her puppies, then later taken in by a woman in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. At the time of his death he weighed almost 75 pounds.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Owner mourns death of world's heaviest raccoon", Associated Press, May 12, 2004.
  2. ^ "Raccoon's chip-chomping days end". Chicago Tribune. May 16, 2004.