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Old 07-22-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
WebSlave
Raccoon

Saw this guy outside the bedroom window the other day, apparently scrounging for sunflower seeds that the birds had kicked out of the feeders.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLowftb0P4Y


I wish they would limit themselves to the seeds and not be raiding my pear trees.
 
Old 11-03-2018, 11:26 PM   #2
hippie42
Sorry for my newbie question, can raccoon be trained as a good pet at home? is that possible?
 
Old 11-05-2018, 01:34 AM   #3
LauraB
It's my opinion that no, raccoons do not make good pets once they reach adult age. I raised 3 orphans at home when I worked at a zoo, years ago. Once they were about 8 months old they were too much, and went back to the zoo for further rehab and eventual release. They were so adorable and could be so cuddly, but also very destructive and unpredictable, not to mention smart and dexterous, lol.
 
Old 11-05-2018, 09:22 AM   #4
E.Shell
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It's my opinion that no, raccoons do not make good pets once they reach adult age. I raised 3 orphans at home when I worked at a zoo, years ago. Once they were about 8 months old they were too much, and went back to the zoo for further rehab and eventual release. They were so adorable and could be so cuddly, but also very destructive and unpredictable, not to mention smart and dexterous, lol.
I'd second this. Raccoons, and most wild animals, do not make good long term pets. Keeping a baby and then releasing it when it becomes troublesome is probably a death sentence for the animal unless they have been well acclimated.

I was a "Foster Parent to Wildlife" through Maryland department of Natural Resources in the 80's and had several young rescue raccoons. Great fun and quite endearing when small, but when they begin to sexually mature, they develop a very strong will to wander, mate and express dominance. I had one that returned several times after release, a female, and she was quite docile, but I did not try to make her do anything she didn't want to do. She would return home once in a while, eat like a pig, lay in the deck chair and sleep awhile, then gone a day or two later.
 
Old 11-09-2018, 10:58 PM   #5
hippie42
Thank you E.Shell and Laura for the details explanation. I visited Wildlife Park last year, they have a few racoons and it seems adorable and I hug and pet just like a cat. Maybe you are right when they are sexually matured everything is changed. Maybe I played with the teenager version of racoons or maybe the zookeeper there already trained to mix around with human.
 
Old 11-09-2018, 11:35 PM   #6
bkline
Cbb baby raccoon was our adventure for 2017,what a absolute mistake that was!
Terrible animal. Hard to house break. No manners.
Had foxes before,they are even worse.
Best "wild type" animal we have had as a house pet is our skunks. Litterbox train easily. Social. Fun to watch
 

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