I have no idea why the world is obsessed with pet raccoons, but I do have a good theory.
Pet raccoon owners have spent their lives chasing and killing them, and it has been so ingrained in their culture that they are not only afraid of them, but have an insatiable appetite for their meat.
A study conducted by the Humane Society International found that almost 80% of pet racoons were killed because of their horns, which they use to attract the other raccoony species.
Pet owners also fear the cats they keep, which could be a source of stress and anxiety for the animals.
“Raccoons have a high anxiety threshold and have been found to be more anxious than other animals when they are alone,” said Anna Varma, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego.
“When a cat is alone, they are more prone to becoming aggressive, especially when they have to compete for food.”
Raccoons also possess the ability to sense the emotions of others, which can make them the perfect pet to have a conversation with.
“People love talking about their pets, and the animals are an extension of the human-animal bond,” Varma said.
“And when they do, the conversation is always entertaining and uplifting.”
Pet raccoon owners can even get away with it.
“Some raccoos will even come up to a human and make a joke about how it is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to them,” said Varma.
“The raccoas are so playful and friendly and outgoing, that you can even hear their laughter.”
As for the animal rights activists, it is hard to tell whether the animal is just a hobby for them or if there is a larger reason behind their interest in the animals, as some of them are extremely sensitive.
“I think most of these people are interested in the pets because they think it’s a great way to show their appreciation for their pet,” said Raghavan Das, a researcher at the Humane Research Institute.
“But they just don’t get to know their pets as much as they should.”