This is a lovely little book about raccoons, written by the curator of a Cincinnati children's zoo. The author loves raccoons for their intelligence, cuteness, mischievousness. Many raccoons, mainly those who are raised up since their childhood in contact with humans, can be domesticated, and they are lovely pets. They have lately been classified as relatives of the Panda and the Giant Panda. Their diet is similar to healthy human diets, with milk, eggs, salads, fruits, raw red meat and an occasional piece of cake, but they eat crabs, frogs, insects, etc. as well. There are pictures in the book of raccoons interacting with humans, and cute they are. This book gives a lot of good advice from an expert on how to deal with these lovely animals. The stories of the raccoons called "Houdini", "Belinda" and "Lady Luck" are really enjoyable. Doors of pantries should be securely closed, as raccoons are very inventive at opening doors and they can wreak havoc. As another interesting item on bears (and raccoons) I could recommend the DVD titled: "The Gentle Bear Man Of Emo," available in VPL.
This is a little, very useful book about keeping raccoons as pets at home. Leonore Brandt, the writer was the curator of the Cincinnati Child Zoo, and she obviously admires this cute, lovely animal, the raccoon, which, according to her, is "the charmer of our woods" and should be our national symbol. My experience with raccoons is so impressive and lovely that I keep feeding raccoons since 4 years and have several friends among them, who recognize me at night and come up to me (I don't pet them), and I feed them. Absolutely lovely, they are with me - sometimes they - even the young ones who come to me with their mothers - hold the oatmeal cookie I give them, with 2 hands, holding it with their long fingers, and then they use one of their hind legs too as a support for the cookie, and sometimes they roll on their backs, and continue eating that way (before me). The author of this book says, and proves with photos that raccoons in general can be domesticated, and she tells us what to feed them. Well, you will be amazed - it's a "balanced meal" of a human, which contains proteins, vegetables, fruits, and one piece of cake in the morning and one at night. And the author shows us a picture of a raccoons opening a door by turning the handle, and says we should not underestimate the cute mischievousness of raccoons. I loved this book and I love raccoons. I have helped two mother raccoons in 2016 and 2017 to nurse and raise up their children, and both mothers brought their kits up to me and I fed them and took flash photos of them. Absolutely lovely, the family photos I have of them. The public tells me "they bite!" - but this is false. They are timid by nature, but can become human-friendly quickly. Some profit-minded dummies told me: "don't feed them, they'll come back!" - well, if they do, I'm happy.
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