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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24645 on: December 02, 2013, 02:48:42 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!"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24646 on: December 02, 2013, 03:02:03 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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24647 on: December 02, 2013, 03:24:01 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 #24648 on: December 02, 2013, 03:26:57 PM »
I just hope he doesn't get too close...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24649 on: December 02, 2013, 03:38:26 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 #24650 on: December 02, 2013, 04:07:42 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 #24651 on: December 02, 2013, 05:08:03 PM »
Why am I seeing raccoons following the zombie horde?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24652 on: December 02, 2013, 06:25:27 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.
SS Raccoon: he showed up where he wasn't wanted, ate everyone else's food, and then wouldn't leave when his hostess told him to go!  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24653 on: December 02, 2013, 06:32:01 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.
SS Raccoon: he showed up where he wasn't wanted, ate everyone else's food, and then wouldn't leave when his hostess told him to go!  ::)

Technically you weren't the hostess. He was just a mooch ;)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24654 on: December 02, 2013, 08:30:40 PM »
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.

My step-father* had a 'pet tiger' for a while.  He was a publican at a pub in England.  One of his friends trained big cats for a circus, and had a young tigress who, while trained, was too young to perform, so he farmed her out to Bill for a couple of months.

The tigress used to nap behind the bar, and apparently she was very well behaved and no trouble at all.

One day a bunch of rowdy bikers came in, had a wee bit too much to drink and got troublesome.  Bill asked them to leave.  Bill was a scrawny little guy, probably weighed 100lb soaking wet, so you can imagine the response to that.  So he demanded they leave.  The response was 'Who's gonna make us?  You??!' 

'No, her!'  With that he called the tiger, who hopped up onto the bar and roared.

According to Bill, they were out of there so fast they almost left a few of their number behind!

*Bill was a delightful, charming gentleman who could tell a tale or 20 on just about any subject.  I suspect there have been certain 'stretchings of the truth' in some of his stories.  He was, without doubt, a 'rogue'.  This particular story I have no idea about, but I do know he was a publican at one stage.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24655 on: December 02, 2013, 08:39:19 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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If you got a manatee, I'd hope you owned lots of air freshener.  ;) Some manatees used to swim behind my college and you don't want to be nearby when one of them surfaces to pass gas.   :-X

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24656 on: December 02, 2013, 08:50:01 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


My first thought was, they are ingenious, and then the heard of raccoons following the zombies.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24657 on: December 02, 2013, 09:43:40 PM »

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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On the pet raccoon issue, my Granny had a pet raccoon when my Mom was a kid. He was found as a baby and she had him fixed while still young so he never really developed anti-social tendencies.  He did ride the family coon dog like a horse.
And, to keep the post OT, he would sneak up behind ladies on the couch back and steal hairpins without their noticing...this was in the days of the beehive, so there were many pins to be had. He also stole jewelry.  All to be found in the box he made his nest in, though.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24658 on: December 02, 2013, 10:56:25 PM »
The salt water croc story gave me an idea for Brett. He and Cam have both presented their parents with plans to redo the back yard to hold pet tigers/lions. We joke they are going to grow up and have houses with rockwalls, ziplines, and wildlife park. (They already own a wildlife refuge  through our family.


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Yesterday Loren and a friend were riding their bikes. Family let wiener dog out. He chased the girls on their bikes - and bit Loren. She had on long pants. She had a Technicolor bruise and 5 puncture marks. The dog had all its shots, paper work to back that up. The wound has been treated. Loren is on antibiotics. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24659 on: December 03, 2013, 03:04:54 AM »
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.

I remember that! In fact, if I'm remembering correctly it was rather local to me. I think it was probably Easter Sunday because I was working and it would have been one of the few days supermarkets close. So why would people try to go to the supermarket on a day they should know it will be closed?