Teddy the dog gently plays with Francis the baby raccoon.

The videographer writes, "Francis (the raccoon) was orphaned at a very young age. My cousins brought her back to their farm to take care of her, and she ended up thinking Teddy (the dog) was her actual mother.

She followed Teddy around enough and eventually Teddy "adopted" her. They're not really fighting. This is more like a parent rough-housing with his child. Makes for a really cute video!"

Note: Many people may not think of raccoons as pets. Those who so live with them find they make fascinating and funny companions, although prone to a little, or maybe lots, of mischief.

Before even considering a raccoon though, be aware that they are illegal in many areas. Check with local and state/provincial regulatory bodies before pursuing the idea of having a raccoon as a pet. If raccoons are legal where you are, then the search is on. It is best to obtain them from a breeder, although one may be difficult to find. Some have raised orphan raccoons as pets. In any case, it is best if the raccoons are very used to being handled, a lot and from an early age. This will help make them more sociable and less prone to bite. Raccoons are prone to biting, especially if they feel threatened, so be prepared that this may happen.

When orphaned, it is possible for kits to be rehabilitated and reintroduced to the wild. However, it is uncertain whether they readapt well to life in the wild.(Source)


Responses to "Sweet dog adopts orphaned baby raccoon (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful!!!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    My aunt had one from it's birth. At the age of two, it wanted the cookie jar and when he found it was empty he attacked her. Was this the raccoon's fault? NO Wild is wild, why can't people get that? So simple, we breed enough unwanted domesticated animals. We do not need to have wild ones in our home, no matter what country they are from. Still, nothing cuter than a baby raccoon, or funnier.

  4. JoAnne DeSimone says:

    That was adorable and sweet:-)

  5. Anonymous says:

    that was awesome!!!

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  7. Anonymous says:

    I hand raised a baby raccoon that refused to be re-introduced to the wild! Silly critter would not even eat fresh fish caught & cleaned for her...she only wanted Meow Mix Original dry cat food! She decided the 3 toy poodles were her family...the momma, daddy & runt of their one litter. The runt weighed 7 lbs. & that was my Coonie's playmate & best friend, they wrestled & played like this. As stated above, wild is wild & unless you are experienced & know how to read their body language, I wouldn't try this commitment...the little buggers are loads of work but loads of fun!

  8. Unknown says:

    lovely couple ha.

  9. Unknown says:

    lovely couple ha.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Friends till the end!

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