Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Mar 14, 2015
Well, we had Ringo, but we actually started with 5 young racoons after the mother was captured after getting into the chicken coop. A few days later these young racoons came out of a hollow maple tree looking for their ma.
We captured them and put them in a rabbit cage, thinking we could keep them as pets.
It was fun feeding them and watching them wash their food and stare at us with those beady black eyes from behind those black masks.
Unfortunately, when we got home all but one had escaped from the pen.
Either someone had opened the pen, allowing them to escape, or they had reached through and raised the hook. We never really knew for sure.
Back in the day, it was popular to "coon" hunt in the winter, and their pelts were worth thirty dollars sometimes. So it's possible they were stolen to be kept for later.
Thirty dollars was a bunch of money back in 1978.
But they also make fun pets, and will climb up around your neck and sit there. They can be a lot of fun, as long you can keep them out of the chicken house.
If you think you have your chickens secured, think again! Racoons are very clever, and can get into places you wouldn't believe!