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Baffled is a good look for you.

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Sukiesnow 26 days ago

In response to “Baffled is a good look for you.

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...

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ZonkeyBalls 26 days ago

In response to “Yes, but that doesn't help with training...

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.

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Sukiesnow 26 days ago

In response to “I heard about the upcoming mini ice-age from...

Ferrets are evil.

Raccoons are "Born to be wild"... With the soundtrack.

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ZonkeyBalls 26 days ago

In response to “Ferrets are evil. Raccoons are "Born to...

No UPVotes or Uploving for you...saying wonderful ferrets are evil!!! Pshaw!

Of course...I love raccoons, too.

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Sukiesnow 26 days ago

In response to “No UPVotes or Uploving for you...saying...

Ferrets are neutral.

Can I get an upvote with that statement, darling? Honeypuff?

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ZonkeyBalls 26 days ago

In response to “Ferrets are neutral. Can I get an upvote...

I have a forgiving nature.

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Sukiesnow 26 days ago

In response to “I have a forgiving nature.

I also need love, love.

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ZonkeyBalls 26 days ago

People tend to fear what they don't understand.

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DWF 26 days ago

In response to “People tend to fear what they don't understand.

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.

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ZonkeyBalls 26 days ago

In response to “Thank you, Doc, but Who are they to say...

I don't know. I think if I ways nice I'd actually have friends.

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DWF 26 days ago

In response to “I don't know. I think if I ways nice I'd...

Friends? That would be impossible! Nobody has them. Unless you were a freakin' time lord or something.

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ZonkeyBalls 26 days ago

In response to “Ok.

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)

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ZonkeyBalls 26 days ago

In response to “Don't be too serious, mate. I have blood...

Oh no, what are your issues? Can I help?

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DWF 26 days ago

In response to “Oh no, what are your issues? Can I help?

Nobody can fight the biology, unless it's the one with the biology. You cannot do anything, but I can. I take everything lightly these days, even the harder tasks.

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ZonkeyBalls 26 days ago

I'd rather have an otter as a pet. Or a ferret (so Sukie could come and visit her).

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ChuckTom 25 days ago

In response to “I'd rather have an otter as a pet. Or a...

Ferrets are evil. Giraffes are not. I hope this thread was about giraffes.

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ZonkeyBalls 25 days ago

In response to “Ferrets are evil. Giraffes are not. I hope...

My only question about ferrets... how come ferret fur coats never became popular?

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ChuckTom 25 days ago

In response to “My only question about ferrets... how come...

Giraffe fur coats were better. And then... I'm afraid of them, once again. Stop asking stupid questions, John.

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ZonkeyBalls 25 days ago

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:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clicker_training
http://www.clickertraining.com/node/289

Examples of invasion:
http://www.spiegel.de/internati...-a-847847.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/scie...ert-warns.html

Caring for raccoon cubs
http://sawgrassnaturecenter.org...aint-of-heart/

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Marianne 21 days ago

In response to “Let's come back to raccoons. They are not...

People keep tigers as pets, even here in Europe.

They are worse than raccoons, in my mind.

At least they can eat you up.

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ZonkeyBalls 21 days ago

In response to “People keep tigers as pets, even here in...

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 ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...reintroduction

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Marianne 21 days ago

In response to “Tigers are no pets, and neither are other...

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.

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ZonkeyBalls 21 days ago

No that is illegal, unless you have a licensed recovery station

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LorraineTwevlehundredRaineTwelvehundred 21 days ago

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.

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LorraineTwevlehundredRaineTwelvehundred 20 days ago

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.

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ergoproxy 20 days ago

In response to “Yes they can be domesticated to a certain...

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.

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ZonkeyBalls 20 days ago

In response to “Well, I think it wasn't a straight-forward...

I am not so sure it will be that easy

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ergoproxy 20 days ago

In response to “I am not so sure it will be that easy

Why not?

Wolves have teeth as well, not to point out the certainty of rabies.

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ZonkeyBalls 20 days ago

In response to “Well, I think it wasn't a straight-forward...

A few wild animal species can be "domesticated", but it takes a long time, much patience and work, and selective breeding:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/...s-in-the-world
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_breeding

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Marianne 20 days ago

In response to “A few wild animal species can be...

I am a result of selective breeding.

Look, where it got me into.

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ZonkeyBalls 20 days ago

In response to “https://youtu.be/NOhyduxTOGo?t=404 Is this...

Gottta love you, Lorraine.

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ZonkeyBalls 19 days ago

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....

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Carla 20 days ago

In response to “My mother rescued a baby racoon, many years...

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!"

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ZonkeyBalls 20 days ago

In response to “My only real encounter with raccoons was back...

They are.
Strangely, humanlike

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Carla 20 days ago

In response to “They are. Strangely, humanlike

Humans are, strangly, raccoonlike.

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ZonkeyBalls 20 days ago

In response to “Humans are, strangly, raccoonlike.

Ha!
What came first, mankind or racoonkind??

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Carla 20 days ago

In response to “Ha! What came first, mankind or racoonkind??

Lizardkind, but don't tell them.

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ZonkeyBalls 20 days ago

In response to “Lizardkind, but don't tell them.

Shhhhh

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Carla 20 days ago

raccoons?
I got your raccoons right here



wanna see my weasel?

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Neanderthal_Momdoer 19 days ago

In response to “raccoons? I got your raccoons right...

NO! Weasels are completely banned on this site! I hope... .. . .. ...

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ZonkeyBalls 19 days ago

In response to “NO! Weasels are completely banned on this...

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

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Neanderthal_Momdoer 18 days ago

In response to “most of my hides have been collected gone off...

Nord babes have the best hides. Unfortunately, it doesn't make them any sexier than an average bear.

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ZonkeyBalls 18 days ago

You can , but in most cases that's not advisable or ethical.

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Trish 6 days ago

In response to “You can , but in most cases that's not...

Not ethical? They are raccoons. It's not like having a tiger, which is an actually endangered species.

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ZonkeyBalls 6 days ago

In response to “Not ethical? They are raccoons. It's not like...

Endangered status isn't why

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Trish 6 days ago

In response to “Endangered status isn't why

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.

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ZonkeyBalls 6 days ago

In response to “Endangered status isn't why

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?

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ZonkeyBalls 6 days ago

In response to “The big cats didn't just turn to furry little...

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 :)

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AliceD 6 days ago

In response to “I just anagramed your name in an effort to...

Try my real name. You can find it in my profile.

I have no secrets. Well, maybe some from the Santa.

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ZonkeyBalls 6 days ago

In response to “Try my real name. You can find it in my...

A Motto, Resent Leukaemia Ken!

Ken it is then......

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AliceD 6 days ago

In response to “A Motto, Resent Leukaemia Ken! Ken it is...

I'm your Ken, Rabbit Hole.

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ZonkeyBalls 6 days ago

In response to “I'm your Ken, Rabbit Hole.

Close but no Cigar Ken :)

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AliceD 6 days ago

In response to “Close but no Cigar Ken :)

**** off, Barbie, I have a better link for you... It's Finnish - who could've guessed...

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ZonkeyBalls 6 days ago

In response to “https://www.arrak.fi/en/ag

https://wordsmith.org/anagram/

Seems I will have to up my game...... :)

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AliceD 6 days ago

In response to “https://wordsmith.org/anagram/ Seems I will...

Yep. Welcome to the digital globalization of the world, babe. ;o) ;o) ;o)

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ZonkeyBalls 6 days ago

In response to “Yep. Welcome to the digital globalization of...

You should check my profile instead of living under the false impression of my gender :)

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AliceD 5 days ago

In response to “You should check my profile instead of living...

New Zealand... Hobbits... Could be a male or a female... And possibly wizard with anger management issues. Nothing new. What about it?

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ZonkeyBalls 5 days ago

Yes both raccoons and amazingly squirrels. I've seen it.

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DW2 6 days ago

I kinda wished I could raise a tiger cub, imagine that a big **** tiger to be my pet and act like a house cat.

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Sunny_the_skeptic 6 days ago

In response to “I kinda wished I could raise a tiger cub...

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.

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ZonkeyBalls 6 days ago

In response to “Get a liger. That's the biggest cat there is...

Yeah then I'd have to feed it 50kg of cat food every day, I'd go bankrupt in a year xD

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Sunny_the_skeptic 6 days ago

In response to “Yeah then I'd have to feed it 50kg of cat...

I could always sell you an invisible elephant, but that would put me in jail for a year.

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ZonkeyBalls 6 days ago

If the raccoon is ready to give me the training fees then I can train and make it as a pet.

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MKDan 5 days ago

In response to “If the raccoon is ready to give me the...

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.

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ZonkeyBalls 5 days ago

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