Why do Raccoons Wash Their Food?

Raccoons don’t actually wash their food, but they do prefer to dip it (they do eat their food dry, also). At one time, it was thought that raccoons lacked sufficient saliva for swallowing. However, scientists have disproved that theory and now believe raccoons dip their food to make it more pliable in order to check for bone slivers or dangerous objects in the food.