Can you train a raccoon to be your pet? This time, this is both a bit weird and a serious question. I'm baffled by them.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 1st 17 (#807455)
Baffled is a good look for you.
says Sukiesnow on Apr 1st 17 (#2535448)
Yes, but that doesn't help with training raccoons. We don't have them over here. It's not a natural species, but I am thinking... Would the officials be too upset, if I introduced a twenty couples, as in forty, into our nature... I mean, they would love it here. We barely have any proper winters here, thanks to both the official reasons and the fact, that the Sun is not working properly... It's peaking out now, but watch out for the upcoming mini ice-age...
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 1st 17 (#2535450)
I heard about the upcoming mini ice-age from the taxi driver.
Perhaps you could keep the raccoons in your home. The Safe House.
I used to have a ferret that looked like a raccoon. She had that mask.
says Sukiesnow on Apr 1st 17 (#2535475)
Ferrets are evil.
Raccoons are "Born to be wild"... With the soundtrack.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 1st 17 (#2535482)
No UPVotes or Uploving for you...saying wonderful ferrets are evil!!! Pshaw!
Of course...I love raccoons, too.
says Sukiesnow on Apr 1st 17 (#2535507)
People tend to fear what they don't understand.
says DWF on Apr 1st 17 (#2535458)
Thank you, Doc, but Who are they to say raccoons cannot be trained`as pets? We did that with wolves and now we have sausage dogs.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 1st 17 (#2535478)
I don't know. I think if I ways nice I'd actually have friends.
says DWF on Apr 1st 17 (#2535489)
Friends? That would be impossible! Nobody has them. Unless you were a freakin' time lord or something.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 1st 17 (#2535509)
says DWF on Apr 1st 17 (#2535512)
Don't be too serious, mate.
I have blood pressure issues to deal with and my heart is going to go any second now. Take it as it goes. ;o) ;o)
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 1st 17 (#2535516)
I'd rather have an otter as a pet. Or a ferret (so Sukie could come and visit her).
says ChuckTom on Apr 2nd 17 (#2536119)
Ferrets are evil. Giraffes are not. I hope this thread was about giraffes.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 2nd 17 (#2536226)
My only question about ferrets... how come ferret fur coats never became popular?
says ChuckTom on Apr 2nd 17 (#2536231)
Let's come back to raccoons. They are not native to Europe, and they should not be released into nature, as they are considered an invasive species. The culprits for their introduction in Europe and elsewhere were mainly fur farms, and later on pet holders!
But keeping them as pets is not really recommended, as they need safe enclosures with much natural space, with trees, playing, exploring and hiding opportunities.
As for training, the clicker and target training might help - with much patience:
Examples of invasion:
Caring for raccoon cubs
says Marianne on Apr 6th 17 (#2540511)
People keep tigers as pets, even here in Europe.
They are worse than raccoons, in my mind.
At least they can eat you up.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 6th 17 (#2540515)
Tigers are no pets, and neither are other wild animals, especially when these animals are endangered in their natural environment. And pet or captive animals cannot live according to their natural needs.
They are breeding endangered species in captivity, but it takes much time, patience, special facilities and substancial means to prepare the animals to be released to survive in their natural environment and keep away from humans.
Specialised, internationally recognised zoos and sanctuaries are trying to breed and reintroduce endangered and rare species into their natural habitat since many years ...
says Marianne on Apr 6th 17 (#2540524)
I will have a baboon as a pet, when I grow up.
At least that way, it won't be endangered, unless my fifteen thousand kittens and sausage dogs attack it at the same time.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 6th 17 (#2540525)
No that is illegal, unless you have a licensed recovery station
says LorraineTwevlehundredRaineTwelvehundred on Apr 6th 17 (#2540639)
I knew a lady in blue hill maine she rescued porcupines and whatever else came her way. Her son came to visit me once and he had quills in his socks ouch. They had a lot of animals a crow who was kinda kooky, it had been hit by a car and they got it back on it's feet but it couldn't go outside cause it didn't know anything. It became similar to a parrot saying many words especially when someone talked on the phone. The healthfood store gave them all wilted produce they fed it to horses. So those horses smelled like sub sandwiches, garlic tomatoes and green pepper.
says LorraineTwevlehundredRaineTwelvehundred on Apr 6th 17 (#2540714)
Yes they can be domesticated to a certain point. Several animals are like this like Fennek fox or a marten. The issue is you must give them space and room to do wild things.
says ergoproxy on Apr 6th 17 (#2540905)
Well, I think it wasn't a straight-forward process, when human beings started to turn wolves into dogs, either.
I see absolutely no reason, why a raccoon wouldn't be the dog of the future. They are clearly extremely clever and thus, they should be trainable.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 6th 17 (#2540916)
I am not so sure it will be that easy
says ergoproxy on Apr 6th 17 (#2540960)
Wolves have teeth as well, not to point out the certainty of rabies.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 6th 17 (#2540963)
A few wild animal species can be "domesticated", but it takes a long time, much patience and work, and selective breeding:
says Marianne on Apr 7th 17 (#2541301)
I am a result of selective breeding.
Look, where it got me into.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 7th 17 (#2541302)
says Marianne on Apr 7th 17 (#2541304)
Gottta love you, Lorraine.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 7th 17 (#2541652)
My mother rescued a baby racoon, many years ago...before me.
Named him black bart.
He got on well with my dads pointer, rex.
He had the run of the wild of our home for four or five years. Then disappeared.
She also rescued a baby skunk. Never sprayed her. He was around for a couple of years.
Then, when she moved north, she fed a host of racoons on a platform outside her bay window.
One, she named precious, came always, for several years. She would bring a litter of babies each year when they were old enough. Mom could have touched her, but refrained.
The last year she came, you could tell she was old.....she disappeared too.
Raccoons are delightful creatures....
says Carla on Apr 6th 17 (#2540939)
My only real encounter with raccoons was back in 2003, when I was living in Dallas.
My ex girlfriend had decided to leave me (once again), so I had no place to stay. I went to take a nap on the shoulder of a highway. An hour or two later, I woke up, as a raccoon was inspecting me, as if I was edible or not. That's the first and the only time I have actually seen one, but I thought... "That is one interesting creature!"
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 6th 17 (#2540949)
says Carla on Apr 6th 17 (#2540976)
I got your raccoons right here
wanna see my weasel?
says Neanderthal_Momdoer on Apr 8th 17 (#2541850)
NO! Weasels are completely banned on this site! I hope... .. . .. ...
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 8th 17 (#2541947)
most of my hides have been collected
gone off to auction
American fur, much higher quality then European
hoping my hides will keep some Nord babes warm
says Neanderthal_Momdoer on Apr 9th 17 (#2542384)
Nord babes have the best hides. Unfortunately, it doesn't make them any sexier than an average bear.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 9th 17 (#2542437)
You can , but in most cases that's not advisable or ethical.
says Trish on Apr 21st 17 (#2550572)
Not ethical? They are raccoons. It's not like having a tiger, which is an actually endangered species.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2550584)
Endangered status isn't why
says Trish on Apr 21st 17 (#2550662)
What is? A chihuahua doesn't look like a wolf, but is still agressive towards other dogs, which, may I remind you, are just domesticated and selectively breeded wolves.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2550665)
The big cats didn't just turn to furry little things by accident, either. People turned them to trust them and now they are still a menace, but at least not going to eat you every time you open the door. Why wouldn't all of this selective breeding stuff (hey, we have DNA manipulation now!) work on raccoons as well?
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2550673)
I just anagramed your name in an effort to divine some answer for you and came up with;
Lazy Slob Ken.
I think this answers the raccoon question :)
says AliceD on Apr 21st 17 (#2550713)
Try my real name. You can find it in my profile.
I have no secrets. Well, maybe some from the Santa.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2550716)
A Motto, Resent Leukaemia Ken!
Ken it is then......
says AliceD on Apr 21st 17 (#2550725)
I'm your Ken, Rabbit Hole.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2550726)
Close but no Cigar Ken :)
says AliceD on Apr 21st 17 (#2550727)
**** off, Barbie, I have a better link for you... It's Finnish - who could've guessed...
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2550728)
Yep. Welcome to the digital globalization of the world, babe. ;o) ;o) ;o)
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2550732)
You should check my profile instead of living under the false impression of my gender :)
says AliceD on Apr 21st 17 (#2551068)
New Zealand... Hobbits... Could be a male or a female... And possibly wizard with anger management issues. Nothing new. What about it?
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2551072)
Yes both raccoons and amazingly squirrels. I've seen it.
says DW2 on Apr 21st 17 (#2550579)
I kinda wished I could raise a tiger cub, imagine that a big **** tiger to be my pet and act like a house cat.
says Sunny_the_skeptic on Apr 21st 17 (#2550746)
Get a liger. That's the biggest cat there is, for now at least.
They can't reproduce, since they are like zonkeys. ;o) Hybrids. So, having one wouldn't cause any damage to the ecosystem, as such.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2550750)
If the raccoon is ready to give me the training fees then I can train and make it as a pet.
says MKDan on Apr 21st 17 (#2551111)
So, basically you are not interested in other mammals than cats or dogs, which are already gone through the process.
There is a word for that... Wait... Wait... Wait... Yeah, you are being lazy.
says ZonkeyBalls on Apr 21st 17 (#2551122)
says msith718 on Apr 24th 17 (#2552940)