Everyone has their morning routine. You know, get out of bed, make coffee, take a hot shower, feed your raccoons! What….what?
Every morning, these friendly and adorable raccoons come up on the porch looking for their breakfast of fresh fruits. They are no longer afraid of humans, and have become a part of the family, sharing a meal together every morning on the back porch! These raccoons have almost become like pets to these people, and who wouldn’t want such cute and adorable pets? They seem completely calm and domesticated, nibbling on their chopped apples and bananas. We wouldn’t advise bringing them inside though.
Many people think that owning a wild animal as a pet would be fun and exciting, however, it can be quite a dangerous task, bringing them inside your home and introducing them to your family. Although it is possible to domesticate a raccoon, keeping one as a pet may be illegal in your area, and you can get into a lot of trouble and be issued fines for housing them. If you are serious about raising a pet raccoon, first check with your state or provincial laws to find out if you are even permitted to have one. it is advised to obtain one from a qualified breeder, which are not easy to find.
Raccoons are mischievous creatures by nature, spending most of their time scavenging, playing and generally creating havoc wherever they go. They have sharp claws and sharp teeth and are unpredictable creatures, which is why it is usually inadvisable and illegal to have them as pets. Raccoons will completely destroy your home if left unattended and are not good with other animals such as dogs and cats. They may seem fine and relaxed one minute and completely out of control and panicky the next. They are still wild animals, and should always be treated like ones.
Raccoons have large appetites and tend to eat a very large variety of food. Here we see them eating fresh fruits with their hands like humans, but they will eat just about anything they come across. They will eat things like dog food, various types of insects, vegetables, fruits, and protein sources like chicken. They will also eat anything that they find in the garbage can or out of your cooler. Having flexible thumbs helps them get into most containers and they have even been known to be able to open up doors and come into your garage. Keeping food in a fridge won’t even keep out a raccoon if they get the smell of delicious food in there.
Feeding these raccoons every morning might seem like a good idea, however, if they come for their breakfast one morning and there is nothing left for them, they might retaliate and create damage or try and get into the house through the screen door and make an attempt to feed themselves. Wild Life Authorities have cautioned against feeding wild animals because they might become overly intrusive and dependent on humans as a food source, losing their natural ability to the hunt for food themselves.
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