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"I had a racoon as a child that was abandoned by his mother. We immediately named him Bandit. I bottle fed him until he ate real food and then was cooked for like a king. The last time he was weighed, he was 40lbs!! He was the best "pet" ever and acted more "human" than some of the people I know. We got him in April when he was around 8 weeks old. We lived on a river so as he grew, he learned to climb trees and forage the river and its banks for food and did a great job. He was caged outside at night and had his own insulated penthouse (insulated house with hay on the top of a tree trunk) that he slept in. I would go sit in his cage and he would grab my hair and try to pull me up with him. He loved me to death. In late February, he tried to chew his way out of his cage so my parents let him out. He left and never came back. The ice went out on the river the very next day so we figure he went across and then had no way to get back. Nonetheless, he was ready and healthy. I missed him terribly. That was 22 years ago and I always wished I could give that experience to my children. I just voiced that to my mother on Sunday and low and behold, Monday afternoon, my father found a 4 week old baby on the river bank laying there seeming dead. We brought her in and she was very weak. I went and bought puppy replacent formula and bottles and a cage. She has really perked up and I am glad to see it! I plan on doing the same things with her as I did with my Bandit to help her learn her skills as a racoon and not a person because she is just that, a wild animal. When she grows up, we will do a "soft release" and reintroduce her to being "wild" slowly. It is not fair to keep them as pets and illegal. I could send her to a rehab person but resources in my county are limited. The one lady that I know of that does rehab for babies has a disgusting house and sometimes 18-20 coons stacked in cages in her bedroom. With the help of my family, I plan, as we did before, to get her healthy, grown and vaccinated and release her. Maybe this one will come back to us and maybe not, but I know it is selfish and dangerous to keep a wild animal as a pet. I am just greatful to have the experience again."
"chris"

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