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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and send a Carbon Copy to email@example.com. 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.
The wife and I are on our 3rd adventure with these amazing creatures. We have shared countless memories that can not compare to any other pet that we have had. Our current one has been with us for over a year. Her name is Brat. And oh does she live up to her name. She will get into thing she knows are not allowed just to get our attention. She like a lot of others loves to scavenge just about anything in our house. Her favorites though are change and lighters. I never knew a lighter had that many pieces or could be taken apart that much. (chuckle) She is very loving to our son (6) and wants to be with him more than either of us. She adores kids in general. They can do way more with her than we can. One thing that I have found is even though they love to play a lot, do not play rough with them. Its nice and fine while they are young but once they get older they try to play the same way but they are stronger and their bites are not as weak. I have countless scars to prove this, but I still would not trade her for the world. They also have mood swings just like we do, and they can tell when you are depressed or happy like most animals. All in all the ones that I have had are the best pets I have ever had. They all have taken a piece of my heart for their own and will always be cherished.
Raccoons are the most glorious animals on earth! As you can tell, I absolutely love them. I have rehabbed babies for release and have kept one as part of our family.
She has been the grandest blessing since our children. Yes, she does occasionally bite and she does scratch, but we knew what to expect and besides, a little spilled blood is nothing compared to the joy she has brought into our lives. BUT, it takes a special kind of person or family to truely care for a raccoon as a pet.
She was raised as one would raise a house cat. She goes to the bathroom in her "water" box, which is just a litter box filled with a couple inches of water. We tried litter first, then sand and dirt, but a couple inches of water did the trick. It is also easy to clean, just flush down the toilet and rinse out the box and refill with water. She can and does reach anywhere she so desires, so our entire house is "raccoon" proofed. Still, broken trinkets and some minor destruction are all just part of the game. She is not spayed, but shows no interest in being outside. When she does go out, she will sniff around and play awhile, but she wants to go back inside before very long. Her heat cycles can be "interesting" at times, but she has yet to become mean or restless when in heat.
We do have to be careful of friends or family while visiting. We must contain her in one room while company is about, as she does not take kindly to visitors in HER house. I have seen more than one rather large manly man, who(on their first visit)insisted that there was no need to secure the raccoon, scream like a little girl and hop on top of my furniture trying to get away from my snarling snorting furball. Second visit, they stay outside until they are sure the coon is safetly locked away.
All in all, I would not trade my raccoon for any other pet in the world.
I too have recently become a raccoon mommy and so far so good! I love him.. he is only 5/6 weeks old (exact age undetermined) but he is so wonderful! I have been bottle feeding him for about 3 weeks now. I have heard many urban legend horror stories about raccoons killing cats ( i have three) and dogs. I may be proved wrong in the future but right now everybody seems to be getting along fine. I enjoy this website because it allows me to hear the positive side of being a raccoon owner. I contacted the Dept of wildlife resources to apply for his permit and of course they want to seize him and rehabilitate him into the wild... wrong! I can't imagine the thought of him not being part of my life and I look forward to many years of raccoon/kittycat playtime!!!
Well, I certainly don't know if this is typical play behavior but I have a story to share. Perhaps someone with more 'coon experience can kinda explain it.
We live out in a very rural area. I feed all manner of animals that come up looking for a meal - I have a small band of raccoons who have come to me for quite some time. They eat the kibble I put out and that's fine by me. One night I heard this awful commotion and I stepped outside to see what was the cause. It was the "youth gang." They had obviously sated their appetites and they were throwing uneaten kibble at each other, running up and down the deck and railings. I thought it was a fight so I promptly went back into the house.
The next night, the same thing. Food fight. After nearly a week of this insanity I figured that if I just stood there where they could see me, the fighting would stop. Uh, no. They all started throwing kibble at me. So I, being an idiot, threw it back instinctively. This "Animal House" scene in the cafeteria only the students have four furry legs, not two. We do this a couple times a week.
There is absolutely no aggression being displayed, it's like it's a game and I'm a player.
Let me say this, I have haven a caregiver of feral animals for almost all of my 50 years. We moved here to this house 9 years ago and 'coons were always a part of my "family." I know what trust is and I feel they trust me. So, are these little furballs doing illicit critter drugs? Or am I just "one of the gang?"
from my experience i have realized they are hard to get socialized, so dont force them to.
I have a racoon named Missy. She is 16 years old. I believe she is the oldest living racoon. She is a little arthritic,but still gets around good. She is very friendly, and gets along with all other
animals. It is a full time job taking care of a racoon. Please do not consider raising one unless you are devoted to the animal.