raccoon raised by dogs, thinks she is one

Pumpkin the raccoon was just a baby when she fell out of a tree in the backyard of Rosie Kemp. When her mum failed to come to her aid, Rosie knew she had to step in and save Pumpkin who was now weak with a broken back leg.

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Rosie and her family live in the Bahamas where there are no raccoon rescues to take Pumpkin to so Rosie and her daughter Laura hand raised the little cub. Thanks to their around the clock care, Pumpkin began to flourish.

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Not only has Pumpkin bonded closely with Rosie, the family’s two dogs Toffee and Oreo became her best friends. “She instantly bonded with us and our two rescue dogs and follows me and our two dogs everywhere we go,” Rosie told The Dodo. “She now thinks she is a dog…she is able to play and be rough with them and she respects them when they have had enough.”

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As wonderful as life seems with a raccoon, Rosie warned “Raccoons are NOT pets. They are wild animals, so they are quite moody. Unlike dogs and cats, they are not domesticated. Like a spoilt child if she doesn’t get her way, she will let you know.”

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Via Pumpkin the Raccoon on Instagram // Ht The Dodo

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