Pet raccoon confiscated

[Video Link] Matthew says: "Mark Brown, a self-described Tennessee 'Hillbilly' YouTuber, posts videos of himself and his pet raccoon, Rebekah. After Brown racked up over a million views from his YouTube channel, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency visited his home and seized Rebekah. Brown suspects the agency decided to seize his pet after his video went viral, but a representative from the wildlife agency claims a neighbor's complaint led to Rebekah's removal. Brown is now trying to get Rebekah released."

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  1. bersl2 says:

    Yes, let's do everything we can to make the world a more thoroughly rotten place.

  2. Glitch says:

    "Sir, we've received reports that you are in possession of an animal species that is known to be a scavenger, which has a tendency to raid neighborhood garbage cans, which can potentially open doors and latches, which can attack without provocation using claws and teeth, and which can act as a host to a number of communicable diseases including rabies."

    "Yes sir, I am, but I don't understand why you're so concerned about my dog."

  3. daneel says:

    What a Cyril Sneer.

  4. Lets not forget Dude, that keeping wildlife, um... an amphibious rodent, for... um, ya know domestic... within the city... that ain't legal either.

  5. If this is indeed a response to the video going viral, it may be an attempt to prevent what happened with the importation of pet racoons to Japan for pets in the 70s. hundreds of raccoons were imported in a pet craze following a popular cartoon (and probably the historical significance of the raccoon-dog, tanuki), but the poor beasts were soon to be found to be fairly unsuitable for taming and living with, so they had a variety of unsavory fates. There was eventually a ban on the import. One guy living in the woods with his chubby buddy is one thing, but when it sets off copycats who aren't up to the specific challenge of a genetically undomesticated pet, there is reason for caution.

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