This masked bandit is familiar to many campers at Palmetto Island State Park. The Cajun French word for raccoon is Chaouis, pronounced shah wee. The people would say ‘Ein chaoui, c'est cette 'tite bête qui lave ses écrevisses avant de les manger.’ Translated to English is ‘A raccoon is that little animal that washes its crawfish before eating them.’ Chaouis is actually only a Cajun French word. It comes from the Choctaw language. The Standard French word for a raccoon is raton laveur. We’d like to thank Celina Feith and Kim Hollier Broussard for the sharing their inspiring pictures of this well known raccoon taken at Palmetto Island State Park. PLEASE DO NOT FEED HIM! See download below to read more.