The Raccoon That Inspired Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Has Passed

Oreo, the real-life raccoon that was used as a model to help animators capture the motion and behaviors used for the CGI Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, has passed away.

Quinta Layla, the group in Portugal who took care of Oreo, posted the news on Facebook this morning. Oreo was nearly 10 years old, though with the average life expectancy of a wild Raccoon being 2-3 years, he lived a relatively long life.

In the official post, Quinta Layla wrote “Oreo passed away in the early hours of this morning after a very short illness. Many thanks to our wonderful vets for their compassion and care.”

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