Ladronism is a noun that means banditry, thievery, or robbery. Ladronism was used most popularly used in the early 1900s, and Theodore Roosevelt notably used the word in his 1905 and 1906 State of the Union addresses. Ladronism would have been used to describe the thievery or banditry of people in the early 1900s, although the word has fallen out of normal usage in more recent years.
Ladronism describes the behavior of these sneaky raccoons who have found a snack in the neighborhood cat’s food bowl. These furry bandits know exactly where to find a mid-day or midnight snack and are taking advantage of their feline friends’ access to cat food. The ladronism of these raccoons is documented in the video, that shows them sneaking into the garage and making off with the cats’ lunch.
Nature is full of ladronism, and not just from nocturnal raccoons. Some birds are notorious for stealing the nesting spaces of other birds of their same species, or even those of other species of birds that live in the same habitat. Other animals in nature steal food, eggs, or shelter from other species in order to continue their own. Some bird species are known to take over the eggs and nests of another bird and raise those young birds as their own. In the ocean, animals like hermit crabs may exhibit ladronism when they find or take a shell from another crustacean or fish that try and steal another’s cave. In this video the raccoons have used ladronism as a way to get a tasty snack.