Raccoons can be extremely lovely little bears, especially when they are raised up by humans from very early childhood. If you love Nature and you love cute pets, watch on YOUTUBE the video titled: "Rescuing Baby Raccoons." There were close to 2 million watchers of that video, and it's unforgettably lovely. A mother raccoon gave birth to 4 babies in an attic, and the house owners, unaware of this fact, had the mother killed. After hearing the whimpers of the 4 tiny raccoons, whose eyes were still closed, they were rescued, given to a woman who is expert with wild life domestication, and they grew up in her care to young adolescent age, when the video was made. A huge cage had been built for them in the garden, from steel tubes and wire fence material, with all the freedom of movement raccoons need to feel good. The man who had rescued them went to visit the 4 cuties and the video is about that encounter, which is absolutely unique to see. The man says in the video that it was an awesome, overwhelmingly lovely experience when 2 friendly raccoon kids climbed on his shoulders and tickled his ears. OK, now, about this book. The author was manager of a children's zoo in Cincinnati, and an expert with raccoons in the zoo as well as in her own home. She gives a lot of good advice to those who want to keep raccoons as pets. She tells raccoons are intelligent, curious, impish, they move a lot and can be a menace for the pantry - they can open doors and they taste all food. She tells the stories of 3 raccoons, which are funny, enjoyable. There are several videos on Youtube on raccoons, and they are absolutely heart-melting, lovely. I have raccoon friends in Vancouver whom I meet sometimes - they recognize me and come up to me at night, and I give them oatmeal cookies and cat food. They climb trees if they feel danger; they don't bite, they never attack people.
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.
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