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Meeko

Raccoon

Overall satisfaction

1.5/5

Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)

Gender: Male

Appearance

2/5

Friendly

3/5

Easy to handle

3/5

Activity level

3/5

Visibility

2/5

Health

3/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

1/5

Easy to feed

3/5

Easy to provide habitat

1/5

Will Always Be Wild

By

United States

Posted Mar 25, 2015

Raccoons are wild animals and should never be kept as pets. Like all wild animals, they have their own unique set of instincts that do not mesh well with domestic life, no matter how well you treat them or provide for them. Unless you are a rehabilitator or rescue, raccoons should be left in their natural habitat, which I learned by watching one of my childhood friends try to raise one.

Named Meeko (Pocahontas was a big influence at the time) I believe he was rescued after a truck hit his mother, but I’m not sure it was legal for her to have him or not. By the time I got to see him, Meeko had grown to be a chunky butterball of a raccoon. He was fed table scraps, dog food, and scavenged for snails in my friend’s horse tank. He needed a bath whenever my friend wanted to bring him inside the house as the algae from the stock tanks would get in his fur and dry, giving him a distinctly moldy odor. My friend tried to train Meeko to do tricks for treats. Sometimes he'd comply, sometimes he wouldn't.

Meeko was never aggressive or hard to handle. He adored being scratched and cuddled, but he was highly intelligent and this led to all sorts of destructive behavior. He could open his cage and squeeze out through the tiniest of openings. He often got into the vents of their trailer house, and getting him out required outsmarting him with shiny objects and food. He would also roam the neighborhood getting into trash cans, stealing chicken eggs, and just generally causing a ruckus.

Eventually his antics were too hard to handle and my friend’s grandfather found another home for Meeko. Though he was fun and cute, I cannot stress enough that raccoons are wild animals who belong in the wild.

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