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J - 2006-09-26
I am a licensed rehabber in Calif. Raccoons are by far my favorites. They are cute, affectionate & very endearing. I would love to keep them all but I know that isn't the best for them. I have been trying to get permission for an educational raccoon for our group so have done a great deal of homework & have decided I will be chosing another mammal. Raccoons are social, they bond quickly to the caregiver (they miss "mom"). They are insecure as babies, but as they age, they become more independent. With that, the adorable playfulness & curiosity becomes more aggressive & destructive (this is their nature & what they need for surviving in the wild). Their teeth are sharp & so are those claws! I wear shabby Levis just for them climbimg my legs - which is "painfully cute" when they are little. I watch in fascination & photograph them for hours. At around two they become unpredictable in their behavior. They do like things on their terms afterall, & have displayed aggressive behavior when least expected so most rehab facilities will not use raccoons due to liability. If one bites, it is destroyed to check that it is free of rabies. This has happened to people who just had them as pets & family or friends have been bitten. To have a pet euthanized due to old age or infirmity is heartwrenching enough - it would be unbearable to have an animal I took out of its elements destroyed in its prime when it wasn't necessary. Neutering does not stop all aggression, males are normally less agressive than the females in captivity. Things I am personally aware of have been: 1) pet raccoons will kill other small pets up to small bunnies, including birds, 2) help themselves to fish in tanks & koi ponds, 3) jump on the back of a dog & ride it when really angry, act out against their caregivers, etc. & 4) can demolish & destroy the inside of a home in no time. There are exceptions, of course. Caging or tethering them would break their spirit - they are nature's clowns who never stop exploring...besides, they only get meaner. I am grateful to ALL who try & save them. They do need special formula & diets that aid in their development. People food is not what they get in the wild as babies. Like any species, they need the proper nutrients just for them. If you are going to keep one, at least contact a rehabber who will help you out & get you the right information. Rehab centers are full of adult raccoons that people have tried to raise & don't want anymore & they can't be placed. When weaned, my raccoons go to another rehabber with a state regulated cage to grow bigger & "wild up" before being released. I cry while driving them there, I cry when I leave & when it comes time to release them I will be crying again. I know it's best but they really get into your heart - any hand raised orphan will be imprinted & it is very important that if they are going to be released they go to a rehabber that can try & get them back to the wild in a way that they will have a chance to survive & live their lives out as they were put on this earth to do.

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  • Amy - 2018-07-11
    Here in Missouri, it is illegal to possess one. But how can anybody with a heart ignore a baby laying on a pile of asphalt on a hot summer's day, dehydrated and near death? We can't and we did not. Raised my little hellfire and have no regrets. Someday, she might want to leave but right now, she has run of my house and I am mommy. Someday, when she decides to leave, i will be sobbing like there is no tomorrow. I thought about being a wildlife rehabber but dont think my heart can take the separations. Good luck and God bless your awesome soul.
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Anonymous - 2012-10-11
Are gerbils cute and good pets to have? I'm thinking of getting 2 soon and I just want to know about what they're like because I haven't had any before. Are they easy to train? Are they cute? Good pets to have? Better than other small pets like mice? Thank you!

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  • Anonymous - 2012-10-16
    Thank you, I'm thinking of getting two females.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    Gerbils make super pets. They are cute, very sweet and handleable. Just be sure to get at least two because they really need companionship. If you don't want a lot of babies, be sure they are the same sex too.
  • Everything is awesome - 2018-07-09
    Gerbils are cute fun lively companions very easy to train but they have to gain your trust first but you can’t do it to late eather









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SUSAN - 2018-05-19
I have a 4y/o gray squirrel (florida) that was rescued and raised after falling out of her nest and being thrown around by 2 rat terrier puppies, she barely had fur and her eyes did not open for 4 weeks. Matilda is so very special to me so cute and cuddly, crazy little thing. What Im trying to find out is where can I buy her food that has vitamins and minerals, toys, a travel cage those types of things. I appreciate any information you can give me Thanks

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Hanna - 2018-05-15
Hello!! I am trying to find a seller who can sell 60 qty. of Southern Flying Squirrel. Please let me know if you or you know any ranch where can provide. hanna509@hotmail.com Thank you

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  • Erin - 2018-07-07
    Hi i am looking for a flying squirl and if u have one where are u located.
  • Katherine Matthews - 2018-07-09
    Scam. No pictures, wants $800 for one.
  • Jefery - 2018-06-11
    Hello Hanna i have emailed you,we currently have 72 qty of southern flyers available for sale at $270,jforty42@yahoo.com
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Payton Whritenour - 2018-07-07
Anybody selling a flying squirrel hand bred and under 7 months old. Central Florida looking for $200 under. Contact me at payton321@hotmail.com

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Robert - 2018-05-06
Looking for flyers in Florida

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  • Katherine Matthews - 2018-07-05
    Hey, I am looking for a companion for my 4 month old southern flying squirrel.
  • Collins - 2018-05-07
    hey will you still be needing the baby squirrels for more infos meet us at
    johnsoncollins12345@gmail.com
  • Martins - 2018-05-10
    i have a pair of flyers for sale.
    get to me via email for price and details ,with your number as well and i will call you back
    mary.shakespeare19@gmail.com
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Swarup Bhaduri - 2018-01-20
Want to buy dwarf hotot in India Kolkata.is there any seller

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  • Jack - 2018-07-03
    Did u find any? I want one too
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Anonymous - 2018-04-20
Polish Rabbits for sale. anyone looking for Polish Rabits should let me know on (909) 589-1328

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  • Jack - 2018-07-03
    Can I get it in india
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Cheyenne Clark - 2018-07-01
Hello I live in Longview Tx and am interested in getting a baby flying squirrel. Please email me if any baby squirrels come available @skyclark0510@gmail.com

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Cheyenne - 2018-07-01
If you have some give birth and the later breeding time I would be very interested.

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