A month-old raccoon dropped out of a tree in Rosie Kemp’s garden late last year in a pretty peculiar bundle. She had injured her rear leg and was extremely frail. Kemp waited, but when the mother raccoon didn’t show up, she decided to take the youngster in.
Kemp resides in Nassau, Bahamas, where raccoon ownership is permitted but there are no raccoon rescue organizations. Kemp and her daughter Laura Young nursed the small raccoon much like one of their own, determined to give the tiny pup the best opportunity possible. Every few hours around the clock, they fed the cub, who they named Pumpkin, and kept her warm and cozy, just like her mother would have.
Young told The Dodo that raising her “was and still is a full-time job.” They are so very bright, conscious, and capable of expressing emotions, in my opinion. Pumpkin now resides with Young, William, her husband, and their two rescue dogs, and she seems to be as content as can be. Young and her friends publish pictures of Pumpkin’s daily life on her Instagram account, where her exploits are documented.
She enjoys spending time with her canine siblings, relaxing outside, and cuddling on the couch. She enjoys playing by the pool even more. She also needs to get her hands in everything that happens, especially if it involves food because she is a raccoon. She bonded with us and our two rescue dogs right away, and now she always goes with us, according to Young. She can play hard with them and respects them when they’ve had enough. “She now thinks she is a dog.”
Additionally, Pumpkin has no trouble speaking up. According to Young, Pumpkin decided to leave the room one morning when she and the dogs were in it. She then tried to turn the knob by herself while perched on a basket at the entrance. Raccoons are NOT pets, according to Young. “Being wild creatures, they may be rather temperamental. They are not domesticated, in contrast to dogs and cats. If she doesn’t get her way, she will complain to you like a spoiled child.”
Like all wild animals, raccoons should always be left alone in their natural habitat. But because Pumpkin was unable to experience that life, her family is committed to providing for all of her requirements. She appears content with it, too. Young claimed that Pumpkin like watermelon, sunny-side-up eggs, and air conditioning. She has even mastered using the toilet to relieve herself. The year-old raccoon now has a home and a promising future thanks to Young and her family. Most importantly, although her life is a little unconventional, she has people in her life who will stop at nothing to make her happy.
Young stated, “We are fortunate to have her, and we always want and will do what is best for Pumpkin. However, she is currently extremely content with the dogs and us.