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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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As a child, my family had a pet racoon. He was found in the woods along with a sister. We think the mom was killed while the nest they lived in was being logged. We kept the male and the female went to my cousin's house. Our coon was very clean, playful, and very attached to the family. We bottle fed him with a premie nipple for about 5 weeks. During this time, he quit eating for several days. Getting weaker and weaker we were all crying because we knew he couldn't live much longer. To cheer us, my dad bought us all milkshakes. My sister was holding "coonie" while she was drinking her milkshake and spilled some. He lapped it up. We put milkshake in his bottle and bam! he was drinking again. We kept him about 2 years but he loved the outdoors. But after he decided to rearrange all the wires in my grandfathers car, we knew it was time that he really went to the wild. We took him to an area we owned that had about 360 acres of trees with a old house in the center of it. To acclimate him to the wild we took food to him everyday. We'd honk the horn and he'd come running. After about a month, it would take him longer to reply to the horn and he would be bringing friends along. Soon he wouldn't respond to the horn. We knew he was finally acclimated with other racoons. One day, we saw him in a tree, he wouldn't come to us because he had learned his friends fear of humans but we knew it was him because he was the only one with a flea collar! He was by far, my most loved pet, and we knew he loved us. He loved sleeping at our feet, eating crackers, and never missed going to work with my father. But we realized there was a time that he needed more freedom but even though there was plenty of trees and space around our house, he needed more. The thing is, he would never leave because of his attachment he needed us to set him free.
I found a baby racoon years ago when I was a boy. I kept her for four years, and she was raised with a male pup I got at the same time.
The dog and the racoon really liked each other and played alot together. When the racoon grew up she escaped often and would sleep in our chimney or on one of our neighbors garage. When ever I went to bring her home I would always take my dog with me as she could become quite aggressive, and I needed the dog to chew on her and keep her busy. She became very agressive to everyone and even bit me. At the age of four I took her to the river and let her go after a woman I knew told me what happened to her. She too had raised a racoon and it would watch TV with her. She turned her garage into a home for it and kept it for a few years. One day as she entered the garage to feed it, it attacked her. Clinging to her it bit her and she required several stitches, as she couldn't get it off. She had to call the police and they shot it.
Wild animals are just that,and they can changed moods very quickly. A racoon is not a domestic animal, and great care should be used when handling them, especially once they have matured. Except for a mother and her young, or when breeding they are not social animals.
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.