Have You Met A Raccoon

Some Fun Raccoon Photos

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What Me Steal Your Car. I Don't Even Have A Drivers LicenseYou wouldn't happen to have any mustard would you. Two Buddies Out On The TownAnd You Want Me To Do What In Here Just Scratch Right There In The Middle Please That Dog Is Such A Pig. He Could Leave Me A Little More Give Me A Chance. I'll Finish It All Could Some One Climb Up And Shake The Bird Feeder AgainWe Didn't Do It We Were Right Here And You Said You Want Me To Climb What Maybe I Should Have Rubbed The Sun Tan Lotion On Instead Of Eating It I Know That Milk Comes From Some Where Up Here You Didn't Like How I Did Your Hair Last Time
What Me Steal Your Car. I Don't Even Have A Drivers License
What Me Steal Your Car. I Don't Even Have A Drivers License
You wouldn't happen to have any mustard would you.
You wouldn't happen to have any mustard would you.
Two Buddies Out On The Town
Two Buddies Out On The Town
And You Want Me To Do What In Here
And You Want Me To Do What In Here
Just Scratch Right There In The Middle Please
Just Scratch Right There In The Middle Please
That Dog Is Such A Pig. He Could Leave Me A Little More
That Dog Is Such A Pig. He Could Leave Me A Little More
Give Me A Chance. I'll Finish It All
Give Me A Chance. I'll Finish It All
Could Some One Climb Up And Shake The Bird Feeder Again
Could Some One Climb Up And Shake The Bird Feeder Again
We Didn't Do It We Were Right Here
We Didn't Do It We Were Right Here
And You Said You Want Me To Climb What
And You Said You Want Me To Climb What
Maybe I Should Have Rubbed The Sun Tan Lotion On Instead Of Eating It
Maybe I Should Have Rubbed The Sun Tan Lotion On Instead Of Eating It
I Know That Milk Comes From Some Where Up Here
I Know That Milk Comes From Somewhere Up Here
You Didn't Like How I Did Your Hair Last Time
You Didn't Like How I Did Your Hair Last Time

The Silly Raccoon

Racoon - Begging for ice cream

Have You Ever Met A Raccoon

They have to be one of the most unusual animals on the planet and yet many people have never met one other than possibly seeing one now and then as road kill. So what I have decided to do is put together a collection of Raccoon Videos and Photos so if you like you can take a few minutes out of your hectic day and met a Raccoon. The first thing I love about them is the mask. Have you ever wondered why the raccoon was made with a mask like a cat burglar. Well the one guy in the video there to the right steals a doormat. I don't know why he wanted it , maybe to spruce up his den but he takes it.

Over the years I have been a friend to many of the little bandits as I have come to call them and I have witnessed some remarkable things. You never know what a Raccoon is going to do and believe me they are one of the smartest animals alive. I have watched two of them work together to take the lid off a trash can where I store dog food and I have one that regularly shows up to chill on the porch and listen to the radio. If you turn the radio off or its not on he becomes agitated and looks in the window until you turn it on.

And while the videos on this page are really funny always keep in mind that a Raccoon is a wild animal and if it thinks it is being threatened could scratch or even bite to protect its self or its young. So always use care around any wild animal.

Cat and Racoon

Albino Racoons

Racoons Playing

Some Fun Raccoon Facts And Etc,

Raccoons range over most of North America and now parts of Europe after escaping there from Fur Farms and being released into the forests of Germany. They pretty much stay to them selfs but can become pests in urban areas. Over time many of them can become quite tame when fed by humans but it is always best to keep in mind that a Raccoon is a wild animal.

The dark patches around their eyes looks like a mask and this is why they are called bandits and believe me they can live up to their nick name very well. They will work as a team to over come obstacles to steal pet food stored or left outdoors and if all else fails they will beg. And believe me these guys are the worlds best at begging.

One of their more delightful habits is that if water is available they will dip their food into water before eating it and appear at times to be washing their food before eating it. You should have seen the one we fed soda crackers to and he would dunk them into water and his cracker would fall apart in the water. Let me tell you that was one confused Raccoon.

Young Raccoons are born in April or May in most of North America. The mother Raccoon typically has 4-5 young and the little guys are something else indeed following Mom around and getting into all kinds of mischief.

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Garry 4 years ago

As a British Guy who now lives in Canada I can say that I first thought these little bandits were adorable.

12 years later I can tell you that they are dangerous disease ridden creatures that will invade and survive in the country and inner city. The move into your attics and basements and they're hard to get rid of....they take over. The empty your trash bins, kill your cats and small dogs, raid your fish ponds and break into hen sheds etc. Of course since they look cute people will feed them and then they become too tame and not afraid to challenge you when you invade their space. They climb trees and eat baby chicks......the spread Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, distemper and fleas, ticks too. Over here Rabies is the big threat and you never know if you're going to get bitten or they'll bite your pets.

You gotta trap and remove these creatures from Britain's Wildlife before they do real damage to our natural occurring wildlife. Stop them before it's too late!

The reproduce all year round when conditions are good and British winters will not slow them down.


Marie Dooling 5 years ago

We got our raccoon after hurricaine Katrina.He was bottle fed and lived in a purse for the first few months until he started to explore. He litter box trained himself and was very clean,like a cat. Did you know they purr?One of his favorite places to sleep was wrapped around the top of my head,purring away. He had toys and loved the bathroom to play in....like having a two year old in the house. He rode in the car with me to pick up my daughter and would greet her just like a dog. He watched t.v. with me, begged for food when we ate and played with our dog and cats.Trooper was the most delightful creature that I have ever had the privilage to spend my life with.But....after three years, he discovered the delights of the coon females that lived by the stream and started to leave and stay for longer and longer periods.He came to eat sometimes , but the call of the wild won out.If you ever do decide to rescue one, be sure that you have PLENTY of time and patience...they require lots of it and lots of love....they are worth every minute of it!


Rexwoman 6 years ago

I raise a raccoon when I was about 10 years old. It was the most wonderful pet I ever had. It may have been a week old when I got it, hand fed and nurtured my little buddy. We climbed trees together, went to the beach together, slept together. Coonie (yes, not very original) even went to the bathroom on the toilet. I was his mother for all intents and purposed, he followed me everywhere. When we went to the beach, be would swim out to me with waves rolling over his head. I taught him to dig for sand fleas (little crustaceans} to eat. Yum yum.


cooniebear101 7 years ago

WE recently had a pet raccoon who loved to ride our golf cart with us.


tinamina 7 years ago

Thanks for the photos and insight. My home backs up to a wildlife sanctuary, and I have visits from the raccoons every night. I feed them dog food, bread and other foods that are donated by some of the people I work with and what I purchase for them. I really love them, they are so cute and they hang over my fence and in the trees until I get home to feed them. The baby ones are so adorable. I don't touch because I know they are wild, but it is sure is hard not too.


Wildlife Rehabber 7 years ago

Cute photos and videos! As a wildlife rehabilitator I would like to expel certain misunderstandings or common perceptions about raccoons.

They do not hibernate even in northern climatses. They will however consume as much food as they can when it's extremely cold so they are able to stay in their dens for longer periods of time, but they do not do a full hibernation.

They do not "wash" their food. Raccoons have highly sensitized nerve endings in their front paws. They appear to be "washing" their food, but what they're really doing is using their sense of touch to tell them what the object is. When doing it in water, the water enhances their ability to detect just what the object is. It's not highly understood behavior.

Did you know that raccoons are second in intelligence only to primates? They can remember the solution to puzzles up to three years later!

To keep raccoons/possums etc. off your porches and decks, only feed your pets during the day. Because these animals are nocturnal, they will figure out that there is no food source. If you insist on feeding your animals at night, please leave enough for the wildlife because they're not going anywhere!!!

Please be VERY mindful during breeding season if you try to catch and relocate a raccoon, the chances of relocating a female and causing her young to be orphaned is VERY high. Raccoons are very maternal and very human like in how they view their young. They mourn them, they cry for them and they will search for them for days. It is a horribly inhumane thing to remove a mother from her babies. It is the equivalent of someone kidnapping your child. I've seen them shed actual tears over the loss of their babies. I've seen a baby clinging to the body of it's dead mother or siblings on the side of the road, cuddled up to them for comfort. It will rip your heart from your chest to see such a thing! (If you see a dead raccon on the road in spring or early fall, get out of your car and make trilling noises, or whooooop whoooops sounds and chances are, you will find babies hiding near by desperately needing to find their way to a rehabber!)

Rabies is transmitted through saliva. Allowing babies to suckle fingers (no matter how adorable!) exposes you to the virus. Please handle raccoons with gloves when possible and as little as possible. Most state laws require all raccoons to be euthanized and tested for rabies when a human is bitten or scratched. They shouldn't have to die because we can't leave them alone!

The most important thing to know about raccoons is that they do NOT make good pets. They are awesome and wonderful animals until they reach sexual maturity. And then, they have NO PROBLEM biting the hand that has bottle fed them, nurtured and loved them. It is the coonie way of doing things, their instincts are very strong!! The problem is, we humans love these cute babies so we think we're doing a good thing by hand raising them. We get attached to them and them to us and all is hunky dory until ol' mother nature comes knocking. When that sweet, sweet baby is trying to kill you every time you offer it food, etc., what are you to do then? Releasing it is without a doubt a death sentence!! They do not have the skills needed to live in the wild. They can't hunt, fish, etc., but even worse, they won't be accepted by wild raccoons because they don't understand the hierarchy and they end up being killed due to territorial disputes, etc.

Thank you for showing raccoons in a positive light. They are not disgusting vermin as so many are led to believe by the CDS and Health Departments and humans can coexist peacefully with these amazing animals with a bit of common sense!


Tim McBride 7 years ago

They look cute. They also got into my chicken coup last week and killed half of my chickens!


Matthyew Jayson F 7 years ago

Loved this thank you for sharing.

Matthyew Jayson Fritch


Matthyew Jayson F 7 years ago

This was wonderful. Our family often cares for racoons as well as other creatures that venture in our nature area. Living in a forest we get the most racoons that love to eat and come close to our doors. We feed them but give them their space for safety reasons.

Matthyew Jayson Fritch


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

The picture of two of my racoons aren't on the chosen ones hub, they are on the very bottom of this one: http://hubpages.com/hub/A-Gardeners-Journey-Throug...


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

Thank You VERY much. You made my day too. Got to keep spreading this love around eh?!


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crazyhorsesghost 8 years ago from East Coast , United States Author

Here are some hubs not my own that I think everyone should check out

Feeding Your Outdoor De-sexed Cats and Kittens http://hubpages.com/hub/Feeding-Your-Outdoor-De-se...

The Importance Of Spaying and Neutering Your Animal Companionhttp://hubpages.com/hub/The-Importance-Of-Spaying-...

Buster, For The Love Of A Cathttp://hubpages.com/hub/Buster--For-The-Love-Of-A-...

Those are some of the best ever. And made a bad day into a much better one. Thank you Lady Guinevere for such wonderful Hubs


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

Last night I stood at the french doors and watched it eat for at least a half hur. They are very cute. My mother raised one as a pet that she got right from this area a long time ago. When it got to be an adult it had that mating instinct and she had to let it go because it got mean. She left it go right here in our woods. This house used to be their weekend cabin and they sold it to us to live in. I am in West Vriginia--Eastern Panhandle--near the four state region onf Maryland, Virginis and Penn.

The possums are neat to watch too. My cats will chase them away.


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crazyhorsesghost 8 years ago from East Coast , United States Author

Depending on what part of the US you live in yes they do hibernate. They can be a pest at times and I have had one or two really bad guys I caught in a live trap and gave them a ride far far away. But for the most part they are my friends and every night at the edge of dark they line up to eat.


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

I have a family of them that come up to my decks every night. I also have a family of possums too that do the same thng. I have many outdoor cats --you can see them in my Chosen Ones hub--that I feed. It has gotten so bad that I have to bring in the food at night---they STILL come on the decks to get food that the cats missed or the possum. My dog likes to scare them and Us when he barks and tries to jump through the french doors! Not a fun way to be woken in the middle of the night! I chase them with a broom down the back stairs. They do growl when unhappy--specially as I chase them with the broom. It only works for an hour or so and then they are back--same with the possums. Do they hibernate?!!


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crazyhorsesghost 8 years ago from East Coast , United States Author

Yes they do make great interesting pets but they do grow up. Imagine if you will a well fed 50 pound raccoon that thinks its funny to jump on the couch on top of you every time you go to sleep on the couch. Plus they are a wild animal and when that large they could be dangerous.


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Woody Marx 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I love these creatures! My brother had one for awhile as a pet until it grew up and wanted to go back to the wild. They are intelligent beyond belief, as you point out. thanks for great hub!


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sdorrian 8 years ago from Chicago

Cute videos. They are so cute and funny.


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Bike Web Guy 8 years ago

Great article. They are such cute little Bandits.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

regards Zsuzsy


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Thanks, these are really cute. We don't have racoons in England. The only wild animals in my garden are foxes and sometimes hedgehogs. Foxes aren't much fun - make a mess and can smell bad too.


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crazyhorsesghost 8 years ago from East Coast , United States Author

Thanks for the comment Jimmy. They were on my mind this morning so I thought I would do a hub on them.


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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland

Great pictures and a fun hub, thanks for sharing Ghost.........jimmy

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