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Here is a raccoon up past his bedtime! This younster couldn't keep still, climbed all over everybody and was constantly "checking things out"!
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Hello, I've got two baby racoons, both were so to speak dropped at my back door. Their mother, I don't know what happened to her, but they didnt have teeth and were helpless, so I took them in. Now I'm attached to them. I don't want them in a cage and I would like to return them to the wild. Right now they can't fend for themselves and I have to feed them by dropper. My teenage sons love them. But, really unsure what to do. My father-in-law had coons as pets so my husband is familiar with some of it. But, we really hope we can return them back to the wild where they belong.
I have several ferral cats that I feed, they were here when I moved in. I had them spayed and neutered. Recently, my husband and I heard a loud banging noise, we opened the door and discovered 2 raccoons. It appears that one is female (smaller) and one is male (much larger). We do not have a problem with feeding the wild animals and want everyone to be healthy. We have put wormer in the cat food, and sometimes add an antibiotic if we have an animal that appears sick. We live next to a large creek and feel the animals will come no matter what species they are... even skunks. I've read all the comments and appreciate hearing the opinions of both, those who are willing to dedicate so much of their lives to the raccoons, and also the insightfulness of those who know their behavior well enough to know that they are not pets for just anyone. God bless you all for being the care takers of our earth. I'm here to say thanks for sharing your comments. I do not plan to attempt to tame, but in those rare occurances, when someone needs to step in, please use all precaution and judgement for the betterment of the animal, and you and your families safety. Thank you for your honest and open information; it greatly appreciated.
I have a 5 month old female pet raccoon named Willow. Late at night, when she finally decides it's time to sleep, she cuddles so sweetly, sleeping with my husband and me in our bed every night. She snuggles right up next to me and uses my arm as a pacifier. Usually when we wake up she is at the foot of the bed under the covers and will stay there, not wanting to be disturbed 'til noon. I then put her out on a leash and runner. She can travel a good distance, climb, and has her own swimming pool (a barrel cut long ways in half). I put pebbles, and pretty glass stones in it for her to play with. She loves catching, and chasing ice cubes.
We have a Rottweiler, Pit Bull, and Boxer. She plays with all of them. They love her and play carefully with her. In fact, she is much rougher than they are. She could never be returned to the wild. I'm sure she would go running right up to anyone she saw in their yard and scare them. People relate "coons" to "rabies". She also would not fear dogs and could be injured or killed by a dog not fond of raccoons.
Though she is sweet most of the time, she can be a bugger. I have cuts and bites on my arms, though they are mostly done in fun and wrestling. She can get very nasty though if you make her angry, like trying to take something away from her. And, you don't put your hand near her when she is eating. That is just something you must learn about coon temperment. I'm sure it is just instinct to protect and guard their food. I've learned the hard way that they simply are not like cats and dogs and that's a fact you have to face if you want to have a pet raccoon. The biggest problem I have is her climbing, and getting into cubbards and cabinets. I am wondering if there is a shock collar mild enough to give her a slight annoying buzz when she does things like climb up onto the counters and open cabinet doors. She is a sneaking thief and knows she is doing a no-no. When she hears me coming she jumps down and runs for cover, taking car keys, homework papers, remote controls, and shoes with her. She especially loves removing all inserts from shoes and tearing them to shreds.
When I say shock collar, I am not speaking of a harsh training collar, just enough to get her attention and serve as negative reinforcement.
I love her to pieces and want to keep her for her forever. I would also like to have her spayed. I need to find a vet that will perform surgery on a non-domestic critter. My vet will give the initial baby shots (distemper) and first rabies, but won't treat them after that.
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I enjoyed reading about racoons. I have two, in fact, as I write this Rocky and Rosie are outside having dinner, LOL! I am in Nova Scotia and do live in a rural area. I do not want to tame them per say... I had them as pets when I was a kid growing up in New Brunswick. I do know, once tamed, they can keep you up all night running around on the roof...LOL! I just enjoy them being around. Both racoons are adults and very healthy. I believe they are the pups that were here last year. There were 3 but the 3rd one is not around anymore. I do know they live in the big barn up the road as I have seen them in the rafters a few times. As I said, it has been a long while since I have been in close contact with them and appreciate the info I got. Thanks. Love those bandits, Lorraine B., Nova Scotia
I do not encourage having a pet Racoon, I have seen many Racoons SUFFER in cages! (And have let many back yard caged Racoons lose to their road to freedom) These are wild animals and 99% of the people who get them wish they never have. Wild animals belong in the wild. To anyone thinking of getting a baby Racoon..think again and get a Bunny. Leave the Racoons that are injured or orphaned to the licenced wildlife Rehabilitators. It is cruel and inhumane keeping a Racoon in a cage Period!
You should remove the information you have posted on keeping a pet
raccoon. RACCOONS are wild animals and NOT easily kept as pets. They
can be very distructive and their bites can be vicious and painful.
Please leave the wild animals to the rehabbers and people that have
Your info is extremely misleading.
I have had pet raccoons for over 16 years now. They are by far the greatest animal that lives!!! They have stolen my heart! In my experiences if you are going to keep them as pets you really need to spay or nueter them in order to keep them nice. It really makes a difference! I am lucky enough to share my life with 15 of them. All different colors also. They are such beautiful and graceful creatures. I wish I could have a hundred of them. All of mine are altered to prevent breeding. They are very loving and amazing animals. Some day I would love to have my own rescue group just for them. I am truly in love with this animal! I wish they were better understood and they were all over the place. You never get tired of watching them. They are very creative and smarter than most people I know! They can have mood swings like any other pet, but they always know who raised them and stay loyal! They are a lot of work, but they make great companions, and friends! They love the smell of money. I have had so many of my friends wallets and pocket books broken into for money and lighters. They absolutely can live in groups and none of mine would even think about killing another animal, unless it's a chicken. I have pictures of them with my rabbits, rats, dogs, cats, and horses. Yes they ride the horses with me. I guess it all depends on how they grow up. From what I see, they are a pack animal, with me as top leader, thank goodness! But they all have a certain place among the group. When one protects you, they all do! Mine would never eat my pet parrots. They do break them out and hang with them though. It's quite funny! There's never a dull moment when you share your life with them. On my worst days I come home to them and they make all my problems and trouble seem so trivial! I thank god for them being in my life every day! I feel honored I am a big part of them as well as they are to me. They are very loyal friends. In my world they can do no wrong! I put up with their bi-polar temperment, because most of the time they are so very sweet. They even groom my cuts for me. They have never-ending love to give to you as long as you give it back, and when they trust you, you have their hearts. Mine let me do what ever needs to be done. Sometimes they complain about it and put up a fight, but in the end I always win.
I also have a baby raccoon and I love her. I feel lucky to have her. My husband found her a day before mother's day, she has been the best mother's day present. She is eating just fine and she just open her eyes. I don't think she will ever know she is a racoon, she will be my baby. i just hope things will be O.k when she grows up. I really think that with love she will make it. I'm so glad there are people like you that love animals as much as I do. God Bless You.
If you are looking for a pet raccoon, or looking to find a new home for one... Read this: Polly and Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping raccoons world wide. We are based in Florida (United States). Polly and Friends are centered around both raccoons living in the wild as well in captivity. We educate people of all ages about raccoons and our environment in general. Peaches is our one year old disabled non-release-able raccoon with brain damage. Peaches does education at schools and events along side her adoptive mother our director Aletheia Robinson-Wilson. All healthy raccoons that are capable of surviving in the wild return to their natural habitat. This is best for them as well as us. Raccoons are not designed to live in captivity. They are all wild animals. One project that's important to all of us with Polly and Friends is us reaching out to network with others who also love raccoons. We specialize in getting captive raccoons that need long term placement with people and organizations willing to make a commitment to them. We meet all legal requirement and have all necessary permits. If you would like to adopt a raccoon or if you have a raccoon that needs long term placement we would like to help you.
If you have found a raccoon, would be interested in volunteering, making a donation, just have a question or would like to contact us for any reason at all we look forward to hearing for you. please call us at (850) 385-7971 anytime day or night and e-mail us at email@example.com and send a Carbon Copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. If this is an urgent issue and we do not return your call within a couple hours please also call Florida Wildlife Care's 24 hour hot line at (352)371-4400.