What is the cutest animal in the world? One might vote for a cat, another will raise a hand for a little puppy, but Elena from Moscow was always fond of raccoons. When she was just a kid, she often observed them playing in the zoo for hours. Time was passing, and little Elena became a zoopsychologist. So, 5 years ago, she turned her cottage house outside Moscow into a so-called raccoon museum. She placed all her raccoon memorabilia there and invited four sporty raccoons to live with her. They called the place “The Racoon House”.
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Now “The Raccoon House”, located in Khotkovo nearby Moscow, is both a nursery for raccoons and a petting zoo, where visitors are allowed to feed the animals, pet and play with them. Additionally, it serves as a museum of raccoons, where a guest may learn various interesting facts about these smart creatures.
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Once the guests have scheduled the visit to this little private place and paid the entrance fee, they are asked to learn certain rules. First of all, any harm to the animals is prohibited. All kinds of loud sounds that might scare the raccoons are banned, too. Also, the raccoons dislike the smell of alcohol, therefore if you are planning to see them, you must be completely sober.
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Do you know a funny trick how to make a raccoon stay in your arms? The only way is to give the pet some massage. Only then the raccoon has the reason to be held. And these fluffy animals adore massages!
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The visitors are not allowed to bring any food for raccoons to the House. However, the striped animals have a big choice of food served for them: two sorts of raisins, two sorts of bananas, grapes and special pet foods. Sometimes, raccoons are very picky on food. But try it, maybe they will eat their grapes better from your hands!
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The raccoons have long nails and they love scratching. So, when you come in, wear long clothes and be ready to have little scratches everywhere. No worries, the raccoons here are friendly and fun! This is just the way they play around. You might be surprised, but for the security reasons, there are many bottles of hyperoxide everywhere, so instructors and guests antisepticise the skin right after a scratch.
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Anyone interested can buy a variety of raccoon souvenirs – toys, bags, cups, books and even embodied pictures. It is possible to do it even online.
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In the States, raccoons are known as bullies, who sneak into people’s houses, drink the milk from the fridge and ruin the trashcans. In the wild nature, they can also be quite aggressive, as they protect their own lives. So if you want to have a pet raccoon, you should raise it properly from the early “childhood”.
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Anastasia works as a nanny at the raccoon’s nursery. The tiny raccoon babies need as much attention and care as human toddlers. Every two hours they need to be fed. Baby raccoons love going for a walk and playing active games. They also need to have their raccoon massage and get used to their humans. When raccoons realize that humans will not do them any harm, they will never harm a human either.
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Having a pet raccoon at home is not only an exotic and trendy thing. It is a giant responsibility. Racoons cannot live in a cage, no matter how big it is. They will run all around your house, creating a mess. They will check how much money you have in your purse and what food you hide in the highest cupboard. When you take your raccoon for a walk, be ready that this fluffy, cute thing will want to play with every single dog you meet.
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Racoons are very smart. They react when you call their name as dogs do, and they can be potty trained as cats and they are very playful animals. If they play with you, they can unintentionally bite your hand.
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Racoons are very clean pets. They do not smell, and they clean everything they eat! Racoons just cannot eat “dirty” food, without fashing it first. Besides, till today the scientist haven't been able to give the exact answer to WHY raccoons clean everything they see! In many cases, raccoons are like humans. Their palm looks the same as human’s, their habit to hold things and walk using only their back legs makes raccoons a little fluffy copy of a human being. If you want to find more about the Racoon House, check their Instagram page.
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