Is it normal to want a pet raccoon?

im 18 and for the last 2 years about, I've really wanted a pet raccoon.

Is It Normal?
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  • When it grows big enough you can make a cute hat out of it.

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    • NO!

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    • During one of the lowest points of my life, I worked as a security guard. One of the other guards was an amusing chap who had served in the Scots Guards regiment of the British Army. That's one of the regiments whose full dress uniform includes a bearskin cap.

      He told me that it was a standing joke amongst the troops that if a tourist ever asked about the bearskin, they were told that each recruit joining the regiment was allocated a bear cub when he signed up, and he had to care for it while he went through his training. Then, part of the ritual for becoming a full-fledged member of the regiment was him slaughtering and skinning the bear with his bayonet.

      As a matter of fact, those tall, furry hats are indeed made of the pelts of black bears. The furs come from the animals killed during the annual cull of black bears in Canada, and each hat costs something like £650 (roughly $850).

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  • I can see how youd think that but unless you live a certain lifestyle.
    My aunt had a cheetah in the 70s it destroyed a lot of her stuff but the pics are cool.

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  • If you want rabies and your eyes clawed out, sure

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  • Last year I went on an overnight camp thing with some people and someone had a pet skunk named Petunia on a leash, walking it like a dog. She was adorable and I got to pet her. It made my day even better.

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  • I had one once, it was abandoned by its mother so we took care of it. It was violent for a few weeks then it got curious digging around the house, it was lovey after that. After a few months we took it outside & let it choose the woods or us, it chose the woods.

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  • Raccoons get I to everything, literally everything.

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  • Hell yea it is, raccoons are cool. Just make sure it’s legal where you live and you can provide one with the right care.

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  • If you do your research and you're confident that you can provide the space, care and general environment that a racoon needs to have its instinctive needs satisfied, I see nothing wrong with this.

    As part of your research, it would be a good idea to look for info on the downsides of sharing a home with a racoon rather than paying attention to only the happy stories. They're wild animals and they're all individuals, each with their own little quirks and habits. So it's unrealistic to expect that every racoon will be nothing but fun to have wandering around the house. If they were that, then they'd be more popular than dogs or cats. There must be online forums for racoon-keepers where you can learn about the possible annoying things they do and how to prevent or deal with them.

    Ideally, you should make contact with someone who has a pet racoon and spend a little time with them and the racoon talking about what that's like and what the animals need to be happy.

    You might want to look into whether there are any vets in your area who are familiar with racoons. I know next to nothing about the animals, but I suspect it's possible racoons might be susceptible to particular medical issues which would present a challenge to your normal vet who deals mainly with cats and dogs.

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  • They're super cute but not really domesticated, so probably not good pets.

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    • If you did a bit of research, you'd find that they actually make Amazing Pets if you have the time to take care of them and teach them what to do and what not to do.

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  • Aren’t they really destructive?

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  • There's a family of raccoons behind where I work, they're pretty cool

    I left pizza out one night and I swear they brought me a safari hat an hour or two later

    They respond to tutting noises and don't seem to hear kissy noises

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  • Sure thing! 👍

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