This Baby Raccoon Thinks It’s a Dog

Oct 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm |
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Baby Raccoon Becomes Part of the Family

Rosie Kemp never expected to become mother to a baby raccoon, but sometimes life can be unexpected. In late 2014 she was walking in her backyard in Nassau, the Bahamas, when a weak baby raccoon with a broken leg fell from a tree and landed right in front of Kemp.


After searching unsuccessfully for the baby’s mother, Kemp decided that she couldn’t let the cub go, and she took her in. With help from her daughter, Laura, Kemp fed the raccoon and nursed her back to health, giving her the name Pumpkin along the way.

baby rescued raccoon

Source: Instagram @pumpkintheraccoon

“She instantly bonded with us and our two rescue dogs and follows me and our two dogs everywhere we go,” said Kemp’s daughter, Laura. “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.”

raccoon hugging dog

Source: Instagram @pumpkintheraccoon

raccoon chilling with dog

Source: Instagram @pumpkintheraccoon

These days, Pumpkin knows how to make herself comfortable around the house. She spends her days playing by the pool, following Kemp and the dogs around as they go about their day, and, of course, getting her hands on anything that can provide her some stimulation. Even if that means helping out in the kitchen, sometimes.

raccoon playing by pool

Source: Instagram @pumpkintheraccoon

raccoon baking food

Source: Instagram @pumpkintheraccoon

“Raccoons are NOT pets,” Kemp went on to explain. “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.” The picture below is the perfect example. Your pet dog won’t jump onto the window blinds and tear them down. Your pet raccoon will, though.

raccoon playing in curtains

Source: Instagram @pumpkintheraccoon

Kemp and her family are loving their life with Pumpkin right now, and it’s clear that Pumpkin is loving her life with them as well. But in the end, they really do have her best interest in mind. “We are very lucky with her and always want and will do what is best for Pumpkin,” said Laura. “But for now she is very happy with us and the dogs!”

Raccoon kissing dog

Source: Instagram @pumpkintheraccoon

You can follow Pumpkin’s adventures on Instagram,and make sure you SHARE this unlikely animal story with your animal-loving friends!

Oh god, now I want a baby raccoon! This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!