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Larry Lee is a standard color raccoon that is generally found in the wild.   Larry was born in captivity. I am only referring to his color to compare with raccoons in the wild.

Larry was born late March of 2004. He was on the bottle when I bought him.

 NEVER try and raise a raccoon from the wild. Most states do not allow this.


Billy Bob is a blonde raccoon.
He was born in Captivity July 2005.
I bought him September 2005.

Unfortunately, Billy Bob was already weaned when I bought him. He did not turn out as personable as Larry is.  However, Billy Bob is shy. He is not aggressive.

It took awhile to do the introductory with Larry and the foxes. I did not leave Billy Bob alone with them until he was almost full grown.


George is a standard color raccoon.
He was born in June.
I bought him July 13, 2011.  His eyes were still closed when I bought him.  I really had my work cut out for me. 

Bottle feeding a raccoon  that young requires more work and knowledge
More will be explained on his page.

George is a good guy, he is friendly  and actually pretty calm for a raccoon of his age.




Basic Raccoon Information

Raccoons can be  friendly, if raised properly.  Captive-born raccoons will get into mischief.  
Raccoons are generally pretty easy to litter train.  They seem to prefer doing their business in one spot.
If a raccoon fails to use the litter box and finds a spot where he/she defecates or urinates, clean that spot
with a good cleaner and clorox. Then put a litter box at the spot the raccoon was using.
It is best to keep more than one litter box.  All three raccoons were  easy to litter train. 

Most raccoons seem to do better if they have another animal to play with.   However, it seems the older they get, the calmer they are.

Even though Raccoons  can be friendly, they are not for everyone.  Raccoons  require a lot of extra time and patience with them climbing, opening cupboards and exploring.  

Raccoons do understand words. It just takes persistence. Once the raccoon learns the word "no"  and they don't respond, raise your voice until they do. At least that is how my raccoons responded.

If you are considering a raccoon, PLEASE do research on them first.  It is a must to have them fixed.  Otherwise, you will have problems.  It is also very important to check with your state to see if they are legal. You will need to find a good vet that is willing to work with raccoons. 

It is not a good idea to keep full grown raccoons in your house 24/7.  They like their outdoor time.  A nice size pen with a top is recommended.  I do not recommend keeping a raccoon in a small cage.  This is only asking for trouble.

If you are considering getting a raccoon, I recommend getting one still on the bottle. This helps with the bonding process.

Again, please do research on raccoons prior to buying one.  It is best that you understand them and their needs.

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