Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pet Raccoon



Welcome to Pet Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at people and their pets this week, and we start with this picture of Mrs. Calvin Coolidge and her pet raccoon. Raccoons are very smart animals but I wonder if they are easily domesticated. Has anyone out there ever tried to make a pet of a raccoon?

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  1. We had one that learned how to turn on the bathtub facet to wash his food. We would pull a dirty trick on him by giving him a slice of bread, and when he would get into the tub and turn on the facet to wash his food the bread would melt from the water. But he never learned not to wash bread.

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  2. I have known people with a pet raccoon, they are smart and trainable, but very mischievous, they are thieves and can wreck a room to get a "treasure". They're independent and more like cats than anything. As a child my favorite book was "Rascal", a true story about a boy with a pet raccoon.

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  3. When my dad had a church in Cleveland their next door neighbor had a sort-of pet raccoon. The neighbors used to put out food scraps and one time a raccoon just walked right past the mom when she opened the door. After that, the animal would just waltz in whenever the mood struck, and hung around outside, but it was never a "lap pet".

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  4. I had a pet raccoon for a while when I was a boy. Her name was Phyllis and we kept her in a cage. I never carried her or walked her on a leash. Alas, she escaped when I left the door unhooked one morning. In hindsight, I'm glad of that.

    My grandfather had a pet skunk that he walked around on a leash. It was as tame as Mrs. Coolidge's raccoon appears to be. It had been descented and was quite an attention-grabber.

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  5. I had a friend who domesticated a skunk once, no raccoons though.

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  6. I grew up on a dairy farm, and my dad loved wild pets. That meant at various times we had both crows and raccoons as pets. Both were fascinating summer friends, but ran off when they matured in the fall.

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  7. My FIL, a child in the 1930s, had a tame raccoon. He said the raccoon followed him around like a dog and came when he whistled.

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