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This research was supported in part by Grant A06973 from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
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Davis, H. Discrimination of the number three by a raccoon (Procyon lotor). Animal Learning & Behavior 12, 409–413 (1984). https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03199987