Raccoons are highly intelligent animals and while some may say they are smarter than we think, we don’t give them enough credit mainly because of their mischiefs. They can easily raid anything in sight in search of food, including your garbage cans. The little bandits are just too cute for you to stay mad at them for too long, and before you know it, they are back again, searching for more.
For Rosie Kemp, from Nassau, Bahamas, she never imagined that one day she would be rescuing one of those animals. One day, she spotted a very weak 1-month-old baby raccoon that fell from a tree in her backyard. The raccoon had a broken hind leg and sadly, it was clear that the mother wasn’t coming back for her.
Rosie looked for help for a raccoon rescue at the Bahamas Animal Society, but at that time, they could not take in an orphaned baby raccoon. If left to fend for herself outside, the baby raccoon would not survive. With the help of her daughter, Laura Young, and experienced friends, Rosie decided they would take the wild animal home and do their best to restore the fragile baby’s health. They named her Pumpkin.
A month later, Pumpkin was doing much better and Rosie’s daughter, Laura, decided to bring her to live at her home, with her husband and two rescue dogs, Oreo and Toffee.
They were concerned about how the three of them would interact, but the dogs took in Pumpkin like she was their pack’s long-lost sister.
They do everything together, like any siblings would, play, eat and cuddle together, but she also respects the boundaries the dogs put up since raccoons are known for playing a little rough when they get wound up.
Because raccoons are known for being highly intelligent and mischievous, Laura certainly needs all the help she can get from the dogs to keep Pumpkin at bay. “She is a cheeky little thing, but we love her dearly!” Young says to CBS News.
Fortunately for Pumpkin, it’s perfectly legal to have a domesticated raccoon in the Bahamas. Pumpkin has been spayed and is up to date with all her vaccines. ”In the Bahamas, we are lucky to not have rabies and there are no restrictions,” Laura says.
Pumpkin has her own Instagram account where she keeps her 1.2 million followers entertained by her daily cute antics, whether she’s watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones on the couch with her siblings with a bowl of popcorn or surfing in the pool, one thing is certain: she loves life and food is a big part of it, as it seems she’s always thinking of what to eat next.
She’s loved dearly by her humans and canine siblings and their life with her can’t get any more adorable than this!
Pumpkin is also the feature of a book that tells her story: ‘‘Pumpkin: The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog.”
This adorable raccoon can teach us a lot about life. Enjoy it to the fullest, don’t be afraid to try new things and enjoy the life and family you’ve been given.
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Via: CBS News