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While it is illegal in many areas to remove wildlife and keep it as a pet, raccoons seem to enter the world of pets in a variety of ways. Typically, they are found as orphan babies. These mischievous, playful creatures are quite captivating. This is a guide containing pet raccoon photos.
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Raccoons are nocturnal animals meaning they are active at night and sleep during the day. But where do raccoons sleep during the day? Well I got my answer the other day. I looked up into the tree above my back deck one morning and saw this raccoon lying on a limb. Its front and back legs were dangling over the limb and it was sound asleep. I quickly got my phone out to take a photo. It woke up and gave me a look. Once I took the photo, it went back to sleep. It stayed in the same place all day long. Once it started getting dark, it was gone. I hope it had a good night hunting because it sure had a restful day.
Carolina Beach State Park, NC
My husband hand feeds this sweet raccoon, and has called it Sparky for a long time. I saw 'him' from the side, and noticed the equipment needed for a 'snack bar for babies'.
This is not a pet, just a wandering visitor. I had made this little "Town Hall" for the squirrels to come and eat peanuts from, and one morning there was a raccoon up there helping himself to the buffet.
By Peggy from Roseburg, OR
Mama raccoon and 4 baby raccoons living in the vicinity of the parking lot where I work. Mama brings her babies out almost daily to cross the parking lot and look for food.
Me and my friends were flying to our favorite feeding spot when we were accosted by a four legged masked bandit, we settled in a tree just watching, couldn't believe our eyes! We couldn't believe what we were seeing!
He was a huge masked bandit, real scary looking too. We watched as he consumed our dinner. We were angry when all of a sudden we saw a flash coming from the window, we were shocked! Couldn't believe it!
That thief that was stealing from us was now posing for the camera! Not once but several times, looked to me like he was smiling too! My friends and I started chirping, loud now "get away, get away that's our food! We watched in horror as he ate every morsel of food on our tray!
Finally! The owner of the establishment came out ran that masked bandit away, she replenished our food tray, happily my friends and I flew down to eat.
After we had consumed all we could we flew away chirping What a day! What a day! What a day!
One good looking Carolina Chickadee :)
PS: I removed that plate after that day, for masked bandits scare me, too. We don't want him hanging around our neck of the woods. One good meal is all he's getting from me. lol
These are the wild raccoons that frequent our yard. This is the fourth generation of raccoons. They enjoy dipping in to our dog's food. It has been a real treat watching them grow up, and grow old.
We were lighting fireworks off on New Years eve and she (the raccoon) came running over to us and was so friendly and loving. She must had been someone's pet for her to be so friendly.
Not really a pet but I do feed this little guy and 3 others a bit bigger than him every night. They show up starting at dusk to get "their" dog food!
We were recently woken at dawn to our incessant barking. My husband, Jess and I ran out in our PJs and robes to discover this raccoon high up in our cherry tree.
Sam was probably around 3 months old. I'm not sure how old the chick was, it was one that we hatched.
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A young raccoon came out to play in our backyard the other day. Posing for us up in the tree. Then he became cheeky and stuck out his tongue!
They are cute, at a distance. Mean, up close and personal. Don't corner one.
Great photo and what a cute critter! :-) (06/22/2010)
Wow, what a great picture! So cute! Love the tongue! (06/22/2010)
That is hilarious! What a cheeky little booger! LOL. (06/22/2010)
I love it! You started a lot of smiles! (06/23/2010)
Too cute! Makes a great photo for note cards! (07/05/2010)
What a great picture! Thank you for sharing. (06/03/2010)
I am an Australian, and we don't have raccoons here. When I visited my brother in Canada five years ago, I was delighted to see two of them in a small park in Toronto. When I went to the bed and breakfast where I was staying, I excitedly told the owner I had seen raccoons. She said "They are vermin!" How deflating, and Phooey to her! I loved seeing them, and the other Canadian wild life.
We encountered a baby raccoon with it's eye's closed still on our acreage peeking out of a hole in one of our trees. Luckily, we got a couple of good pictures before mama woke up, heard the cries and pulled him/her back into the hole!
By jahummell from Shellsburg, IA
That is so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this picture! (05/21/2009)
What a Blessing to have been able to catch such a wonderful shot! Thank you so much for sharing such a sweet photo! (05/21/2009)
This raccoon mom and her kids visit at dark to eat my grapes.
By Sharon from Nova Scotia, Canada
Dang they're cute! I might not think they're so cute if they were eating my grapes, but since we don't see them in our neighborhood, they're cute (from afar!). (11/20/2009)
Spray the vines with hot pepper sauce. Critters don't like it. If that doesn't work, tie bags around the grapes. I did this with my peaches, good luck. (11/20/2009)
They are adorable, Sharon! I love it that you don't mind them eating your grapes and that they are comfortable enough to be near you for you to take such a great photo! (11/20/2009)
I think God made them so cute so that it would be harder to get mad at them! (11/21/2009)
That is an awesome photo! It looks like they paused in the midst of a meal to pose for a picture! Cute! (11/21/2009)
I love to see the little bandits in action unless they are fighting and hurting one of my dogs. LOL so cute. Great pic! (11/21/2009)
By Robyn Fed
Nancy in Lr Sackville, thanks for comment. They are darling! Use to live in Sackville, too! (11/22/2009)
By Shyun Shun
Well those little bandits sure did mug for the camera! I have some here in Missouri that come out and the young ones are so cute. I know they can be a problem to some but here I just toss them scraps near the trees in the winter months. They have not bothered my dog and do not like it when he barks at them, they run and hide in the woods. (11/22/2009)
I have this book "1001 All-Natural Secrets to a Pest-Free Property" by Dr. Myles H. Bader. Excellent book. He says, "Raccoons do not like to be around dogs. Get the clippings from your local dog groomer. Spread the hair around when you have problems and you will never see another raccoon or rabbit." Hope this helps and try to get the book. (11/28/2009)
WANTED FOR QUESTIONING! Highly intelligent and disarmingly cute, this gang is destructive and greedy.