And Now, the Nominees for Official Wildlife Mascot of the COVID-19 Era

Photos of 11 animal nominees, plus a raccoon whose face is crossed out. Photos are repeated individually below.
Meet the nominees. (Photo credits with images below.)

You’ve seen those memes calling the raccoon the official animal of 2020 for wearing a mask, being an (almost) anagram of “corona,” and washing hands incessantly. Sounds sensible, till you see the holes — in the mask. Yup, a raccoon’s mask is an eye mask. I’m pretty sure the CDC designates that “utterly useless.” Plus, raccoons don’t care about social distancing.