Orphan raccoon is raised by dogs and now thinks she’s one of them

Pumpkin the raccoon was nearly one-month-old when Rosie Kemp found her in her backyard in Nassau, Bahamas. The little things fell out of a three and she got badly injured. More, her mom was nowhere to be found. But Rosie, as bighearted as he always was, couldn’t left the tiny raccoon there to die, so she took her inside the house and took care of her.


Now – years after – Pumpkin is not only in a great condition and healthy, but she’s also a rising star on Internet. She and her two dog companions have over 1,3 million followers only on Instagram alone. Here’s her story!


The baby raccoon’s fate seemed to be sealed, when Rosie found her. However, the kind woman was determined to save her life. She initially took care of the raccoon’s injury. One of her back leg’s got broken after she fell out the three. Then, Rosie and her daughter Laura have both hand fed the little one round the clock. They even kept her warm just like her mom would had.

“Raising her was (and still is) a full-time job,” Laura told The Dodo. “They are so unbelievably intelligent, very aware, and I would say they are even able to express emotions.”


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After a few weeks, the two women determination paid off as Pumpkin made a fully recovery. It is when they decided to introduce her to their two rescue dogs. Surprisingly, the pups and the orphan raccoon have instantly bonded. The two dog took care of their little sister just as she was on of their own kind. They shortly became an inseparable trio.

“She instantly bonded with us and our two rescue dogs and follows me and our two dogs everywhere we go,” the woman said. “Pumpkin considers the dogs her mums! She respects them when they have had enough rough play and she loves to cuddle next to them when she is tired! She is a cheeky little thing but we love her dearly.”

Find out more about Pumpkin’s latest adventures by following her on Instagram.

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