Russians are pioneering a movement to shift the stigma of raccoons as mischievous pests to domesticated pets.
Supporters hosted a festival in St. Petersburg to educate the public on caring for the masked mammal as a pet, according to India Today. They recommend purchasing the raccoon from a breeder at a young age so it can adapt to humans and prevent defensive biting.
Cultivate the ‘coons
- Raccoons are very intelligent, and they’ve proven their ability to break into garbage cans.
- They are worth the investment since they can live up to 15 years.
- Food is not a concern — these critters can eat just about anything.
Beware of their behaviors
- Domestic life is new to this species, so they still have a tendency to be temperamental if not properly trained.
- They are not called the “masked bandit” for no reason — they are mischievous.
- It might be smart to get a mop too because they will probably make a mess.
The trend has even reached U.S. soil. Although owning a pet raccoon is illegal in most states, some local and state governments will allow it with the correct permit, according to Born Free USA, which provides a list of regulations.
It is also important to make sure a local veterinarian is willing to treat a raccoon, because most are not trained to care for them.
So, is it a raccoon a pest, or a pet? Comment below.