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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24645 on: December 02, 2013, 02:54:22 PM »


Dog? Yesterday I saw a woman carrying a raccoon. Raccoons are not indigenous to England and I've never seen one other than in a zoo. Why did she have one? Not my business. But why did she have one, uncrated, in a food market? As you say, when did that become OK?
Are you absolutely sure it wasn't a puppet? My sister has one (she was a grade school teacher) that was extremely lifelike. If not...I don't get it. Considering the rabies quarantine for dogs and cats, I can't imagine how you'd get a raccoon into Britain.

Live. She was letting people pet it. Next to the meat counter in the food market.

It was definitely a raccoon, not a skunk, although a skunk wouldn't have been any less weird - they aren't indigenous to the UK either, and I've never seen one, not even in a zoo, despite what the live action remake of 101 Dalmations would have you think.
From experience (watching other people in my family; I've never tried this myself!), Racoons do. not. make. good. pets.
After they reach sexual maturity they almost all inevitably become absolutely impossible to deal with.
(That and in a lot of the US, it's illegal to have them as pets.  And if the inspector finds out you keep the pet racoons in your barn, your milk looses it's grade A rating--which would be why there are no longer pet racoons in my extended family)

My dad had a pet raccoon as a boy. Then it tried to drown his dog (whited because it might upset animal lovers). That raccoon didn't last long, considering how many guns Dad had.

Please tell us the story!

Please don't.  I don't think animal deaths are amusing.

Not about shooting the poor raccoon, just the part about how the raccoon was trying to drown the dog.  Unless the dog was a Chihuahua, how is that possible?

Raccoons are mean.   MEAN.   And vicious.  Yes, they are the cutest things ever invented, especially little fat raccoon babies, but they are mean!!!!   My dogs are medium size, 40 lbs dogs, and I'm sure a raccoon could take them if it wanted to.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24646 on: December 02, 2013, 02:55:49 PM »
I have kids who all want exotic animals as pets.  Giraffes, bushbabies... either they think they *are* one, or they want one, quite desperately.  Unlike many of these special snowflakes, I'm sure they'll grow out of it by age 10 or so.
Grandson #3 was just devastated a few years ago at Xmas when he didn't get the pet he wanted. He was going to LOVE it and teach it to be NICE.  He wouldn't LET it eat people!  

He wanted a godzilla.

I wanted a pet tiger as a kid. Ok, a small part of me kind of still does. However that's the illogical part of my brain that I generally ignore. My logical brain knows it's a ridiculous pet and I'd have no clue how care for one and it might eat my dogs. I do have a tiger tattoo though. I call it my pet tiger.

I'd totally be buying him a huge stuffed Godzilla and explain that a live Godzilla was just far too big to fit in his house. But Godzilla sent this one especially for him to love and take very good care of. Or I'd get him a dog and name it Godzilla. Or Dogzilla.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24647 on: December 02, 2013, 03:15:47 PM »
We have a family joke that I would love to have a manatee in my bathtub. Just a joke. After all, I don't have a bathtub big enough.  ;D

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« Reply #24648 on: December 02, 2013, 03:21:17 PM »
The one horribly disgusting creepy thing raccoons do which has prevented me from ever looking at them in a positive light (whited out because it's gross and y'all can't un-read it - I'm warning you . . .)

When I got a tour of the Body Farm in Knoxville, a grad student was doing a research project on what wild animals do to human remains left outdoors.  Raccoons will actually go and make several shallow bites in the body, so they can come back the next day and lick out the resulting maggots.  Otherwise the maggots only congregate around soft tissue they can reach (mucus membranes, eyes, etc.) and they're harder to get to.

Raccoons creep me out now - they're EVIL.

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« Reply #24649 on: December 02, 2013, 03:24:46 PM »
Yes, Slarti, that is disgusting, and they are evil.

That being said, I'd totally love to tour a place like that. I'm just that weird.

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« Reply #24650 on: December 02, 2013, 03:28:00 PM »
We are never going to agree about this, so I will just say I would be happy if store clocks were set to the atomic clock. I use my cell phone which gets its time by sattelite, too. If I get there early for a reason, it's really annoying to still be standing outside after a store's posted opening time, especially when it's five or more minutes later, which happens. I don't make a scene, but I still don't appreciate it.

Accidents and last minutes mishaps happen which can delay store/restaurant openings. You might be irritated but I guarantee you they aren't looking out the door at people waiting to get in and saying "well the ehell with them; we'll open five minutes late just to show them".

Just out of curiosity you haven't stayed at a hotel here in Tucson,  ordered a cab for the AM to the airport then called the front desk screaming that you're going to be late and where is it when it isn't here at 5:30 only it's only 5:25 have you?
I agree with this. It's usually a glitch with getting employees ready or something else going on inside.

And it could even be a software glitch. Though our corporate telecom system and our servers are all set to atomic time, the server OS has a glitch that allows minute seconds loss over time. So to re sync, we have to down the servers and manually reset the time clock on the server every few months to correct the 1 or 2 minute time loss.

There was a supermarket in New Zealand that opened automatically on a public holiday when no staff were there. People went in, but only some were honest enough to use self-checkout.

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« Reply #24651 on: December 02, 2013, 03:32:15 PM »
The one horribly disgusting creepy thing raccoons do which has prevented me from ever looking at them in a positive light (whited out because it's gross and y'all can't un-read it - I'm warning you . . .)

When I got a tour of the Body Farm in Knoxville, a grad student was doing a research project on what wild animals do to human remains left outdoors.  Raccoons will actually go and make several shallow bites in the body, so they can come back the next day and lick out the resulting maggots.  Otherwise the maggots only congregate around soft tissue they can reach (mucus membranes, eyes, etc.) and they're harder to get to.

Raccoons creep me out now - they're EVIL.

Where I'm different: I read that and thought in admiration, "Wow, raccoons are even smarter than I thought!"
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« Reply #24652 on: December 02, 2013, 03:48:42 PM »
The one horribly disgusting creepy thing raccoons do which has prevented me from ever looking at them in a positive light (whited out because it's gross and y'all can't un-read it - I'm warning you . . .)

When I got a tour of the Body Farm in Knoxville, a grad student was doing a research project on what wild animals do to human remains left outdoors.  Raccoons will actually go and make several shallow bites in the body, so they can come back the next day and lick out the resulting maggots.  Otherwise the maggots only congregate around soft tissue they can reach (mucus membranes, eyes, etc.) and they're harder to get to.

Raccoons creep me out now - they're EVIL.

Where I'm different: I read that and thought in admiration, "Wow, raccoons are even smarter than I thought!"

Me too!

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« Reply #24653 on: December 02, 2013, 04:02:03 PM »
Maybe she is an immigrant and brought the raccoon with her? I would take all my animals with me if I had to move to another country. But it is a stretch. And bringing it to a store makes me think they can't be a rehabber because I would hope they would be smart enough not to do that. Okay so I got nothing. ;-)

Not into England, with its quarantine laws. In fact, considering that raccoons are common carriers for rabies in North America, I'm surprised it was able to be imported at all.

I saw a documentary about raccoons in Japan. Apparently a lot of people bought them due to a cutesy TV show, and then released them when they showed their true wild nature, creating a really destructive feral population.
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« Reply #24654 on: December 02, 2013, 04:24:01 PM »
I have kids who all want exotic animals as pets.  Giraffes, bushbabies... either they think they *are* one, or they want one, quite desperately.  Unlike many of these special snowflakes, I'm sure they'll grow out of it by age 10 or so.
Grandson #3 was just devastated a few years ago at Xmas when he didn't get the pet he wanted. He was going to LOVE it and teach it to be NICE.  He wouldn't LET it eat people!  

He wanted a godzilla.

My mother-in-law got my son a 5 metre long saltwater crocodile one Christmas.  The zoo in my state has an adopt-an-animal programme.  We explained to him that the croc was too big to fit in our house so it had to stay in the zoo, but it was his pet crocodile.  He was as pleased as a dog with two tails.

Next visit to the zoo, we spent a lot of time with His Pet Crocodile, and all other visitors were loudly informed of his ownership.  So cute.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24655 on: December 02, 2013, 04:26:57 PM »
I just hope he doesn't get too close...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24656 on: December 02, 2013, 04:38:26 PM »
Maybe she is an immigrant and brought the raccoon with her? I would take all my animals with me if I had to move to another country. But it is a stretch. And bringing it to a store makes me think they can't be a rehabber because I would hope they would be smart enough not to do that. Okay so I got nothing. ;-)

Not into England, with its quarantine laws. In fact, considering that raccoons are common carriers for rabies in North America, I'm surprised it was able to be imported at all.

I saw a documentary about raccoons in Japan. Apparently a lot of people bought them due to a cutesy TV show, and then released them when they showed their true wild nature, creating a really destructive feral population.

Why not into England, with its quarantine laws? If the raccoon makes it through quarantine then it should be able to enter - just like any other mammal that has a risk of carrying rabies. The law is very strict, but it doesn't forbid animals from coming over. Or at least I can't find anywhere where there is a list of animals that may never enter England - just ones that have to go through the quarantine process. And since rabies is transmitted from an infected animal once the raccoon is through quarantine it isn't any more of a rabies danger then any other animal out there.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24657 on: December 02, 2013, 05:07:42 PM »
The one horribly disgusting creepy thing raccoons do which has prevented me from ever looking at them in a positive light (whited out because it's gross and y'all can't un-read it - I'm warning you . . .)

When I got a tour of the Body Farm in Knoxville, a grad student was doing a research project on what wild animals do to human remains left outdoors.  Raccoons will actually go and make several shallow bites in the body, so they can come back the next day and lick out the resulting maggots.  Otherwise the maggots only congregate around soft tissue they can reach (mucus membranes, eyes, etc.) and they're harder to get to.

Raccoons creep me out now - they're EVIL.

Where I'm different: I read that and thought in admiration, "Wow, raccoons are even smarter than I thought!"

And my first thought was "Raccoon Apocalypse!!!" :P
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24658 on: December 02, 2013, 06:08:03 PM »
Why am I seeing raccoons following the zombie horde?
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« Reply #24659 on: December 02, 2013, 07:25:27 PM »
A few years ago, I encountered a SS raccoon. It was sleeping in my deck box, and I found it when I opened the box to get out the birdseed for the birds and squirrels. Mr. SS Raccoon roused up but had no interest in leaving said box, so I rapped on the box with a stick.
Mr. SS Raccoon exited the box, and then started to waddle across the lawn. Then he turned around and came after me. I charged back into the house, but I have no doubt that he would have bitten me if he'd caught me.While it took him awhile to wake up, when he did, he was HISSED. He obviously reconsidered his drowsy plan of just leaving quietly, and decided to fight me for custody of the deck box.
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