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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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My Coon Bandit is just a few weeks old. He followed me home one day without me even realizing it until I had got inside and he jump up in my lap. He is an awesome pet and likes everybody who seems to like him.
My backyard leads right into a forest, so racoons are very common to see at dusk. I leave fruit scraps out for them by the porch, and found that they've made quite a habit of coming. Several trusting ones are already up in the roof, or the porch railing waiting for when I come out. Couple years back, I found a dead mother lying under a bush by the road. Probably hit by a car. There were three babies by her side. One was dead and the others emaciated. Well I raised the two and let them go. It's hard to tell, but those trusting racoons might be either of them. They are wonderful animals but do make horrible pets. I wouldn't recommend them as a pet to anyone.
I have three Dachshunds, two are five months old and I also have there mother. In late May 2005 I found a very small Raccoon in are driveway outside of our home. I took him in and have raised him with my dachshunds. He now thinks he is a dachshund. he sleeps, eats, and goes outside with the dogs to potty. he is the first one to car when you ask if they want to go bye bye. We do not keep him caged and I really think by letting him have his freedom to come and go as he wants has really made him very loving. his Name is Bandit and he got his name rightfully. he will take anything that is not tied down and hide it in his bed. He also loves the water, he will swim in the river with are Dogs. A week age he took on a much larger Raccoon and ran it off then went every place that the other Raccoon had been and urinated to mark his territory.
On July 1, I placed 2 male raccoons with a licensed rehabber. They were 3 months old and ready to live outside, but not on their own. I felt responsible for their care due to a series of unfortunate circumstances six weeks earlier. They hated taking KMR from a nipple, so weaning was accomplished over the first few days. My guys thrived on a mixture of KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement) baby rice cereal, applesauce, plain yogurt and finely ground puppy chow. After I had moved them into their own room, all I had to do is call out "chow time" to get them to come running and climb up into their cage. That cage was never closed after the first week we had it. Instead, it served as their personal dining room and napping place. I used old t-shirts to provide them with a hammock for naps. A small construction mixing tub from Home Depot was their wading pool where they could fish for raisins. Raccoons make no distinction between drinking and bathing water and both were disgusting by the end of every day. Climbing practice was provided for in a number of ways, some provided by me. Once they had practiced climbing trees outside, I gave them a long 3-4 inch wide branch to get up and down from their cage. By the week before they left, one had started climbing up brick walls on the outside of my house. Both had made it 8-10 feet high in some overgrown shrubs out back and were very good at staying hidden. They had also demonstrated some very fierce defensive behavior. They were usually very affectionate and did, when inside, understand and obey the word "no". They also came when called, most of the time. I still miss them. But as long as I have to work for a living, raccoon care is way too much to handle.
I have a male racoon "Baby Jerry". My neighbor found him while mowing, and as the baby needed bottle feeding he brought him to me. My goal was to keep him alive and let him go!
I can't imagine life without him, racoon's are so fascinating and very lovable. He is aproximatly 4 months old and he is starting to show a little aggression when he doesn't get his way. He loves our cats, and we even have 2 coon dogs on the property that we rent! They bark at him, but it doesn't phase him as he roams our yard. He lives inside the house and he sleeps with me every night! Having Baby Jerry is one the most wonderfull experiences I have had.
I have a beautiful female raccoon named BABY. We had to keep telling our house dog ( a rat terrier named Mickey) that she was a BABY dog and he needed to help us take care of her. When we got her she was badly injured and it was touch and go for a while. The name stayed and BABY and Mickey are still best buddies. Our BABY is a special member of our family...thought not really a pet. She interacts with each member of our family differently and often with different sounds when she communicates. We often describe living with a raccoon as being like living with a three year old who can climb "anything". I can not imagine life without her, or showers without her, or washing clothes with out her...and the list goes on. I think the most adorable thing she has ever done was not something that others would not consider adorable at all. I walked in the kitchen one night and found her sitting in front of the refrigerator with the door open and a carton of eggs on the floor. She had opened and carton and was having an egg feast...with egg everywhere. What a picture! She will be five years old in August.
A man noticed I was good with animals, one day and he asked me if I wanted to see if I could get this tiny baby racoon to eat something,
he was working in a housing development where he found it after he had cut down some trees, the mom racoon was killed and he felt bad.
I never had a racoon before so i wasnt sure what to feed it but it was so hungry it took right to baby fomula with a little more water than usual, to make a long story short, racoons make great pets as long as you dont mind your dog going nutts and a life long companion. The males will mark there place like a dog, the females can get a little jealous.
I have 2 racoons. My male(andy) is 9yrs old and my female(capri) is 6 weeks old. They are the greatest pets. If you have the time and patience racoons cant be beaten. Wished more people loved these animals as i do.
This site declares that raccoons are solitary animals. I have been helping a rehabilitator care for young raccons. She has been doing this for thirty years. According to her these animals actually form communities and although they do not rely on each other for survival they can exist communally. The rehabilitaors in our area have kept several in one compound with no problem. Siblings like to hang together and look out for one another. They usually stay with the Mother for about a year. When these animals are released it is usually in groups in proper protected habitats.
and i thought i was crazy to let these 2 babies and a mother indent their pawprints on my heart! It is nice to know that people out there appreciate their clownlike antics. mine come down from the trees for ice cream sandwichs!