Clover ‘Coon

Here is the back story. Miss. McCoonersons here fell out of a tree. Attempts to return her to Mom were unsuccessful.

On The Hunt

Now at a wildlife rehab center, she gets wonderful care and will be released back into the wild. [Head tilt]


Suzannah H. At this age, it’s easier to forgive them for ripping into catfood late at night.



  1. Caitlin says:

    awww, heavens!

  2. What I would do to nuzzle that fur! Of course, she might take a swipe at me.

  3. blackbuttoneyes says:

    Eek! I like her.

  4. I’s in luuuuuuvvvvv!

  5. Cathy M says:

    She looks so delightfully bewildered.

  6. AuntieMame says:

    The clover is taller than she is. 😀

  7. Oh, the beepable nose! BEEP!

  8. Even ‘coons gotta eat.

  9. lucy's mommeh says:

    OMG-as cute as these things are, they will try to rip you a new one….I found that out at a friend’s house.

  10. Von Zeppelin says:

    Do not be fooled by the apparent cuteness! Raccoons are sneaky. This one picked your pocket while you were looking at the pictures.

  11. Aw, such a lovely muzzle-poof.

  12. baby coons are cute, and they make an almost indescribable “chrrrrrrr”, chittering sound which is equally cute. Then, when they grow up, they break your heart, and run off with another coon. No personal experience, of course, that’s just what I’ve heard….
    yeah, mmmmk, gotta go now….


    Yeah it is easy to forgive when they are all kitten cute and cuddly wait till it weighs like 25 lbs…. knocks over the trash can in the middle of the night and sets up house keeping in your attic

  14. Bah the cute is tooooo cute to resist…. forgets trash cans and smelly attic and picks up baby coon and snuggles it.

  15. Tractatus Blorpico-Philosophicus says:

    All I can think of is that creeeepy claw-hand reaching up out of that hole…
    (from an old post) <>

  16. I want to keep her! Adorable! 🙂

  17. beady eyes and ear nubbles and leetle whiskers…awe

  18. chicky82 says:

    Tractatus, I believe you mean this one?

  19. Tractatus Blorpico-Philosophicus says:

    @chicky82, ta muchly! [bowing respectfully]

  20. mom2twinzz says:

    As long as in that foster environment they are teaching her to be a good raccoon and not a bad raccoon.

    When I got married we went camping and were entertained for days by the momma raccoons. Playing duelling Banjos with the stretchy cords that we used to close the coolers. Although one friend was sitting on top of the car when we got back from getting ice and firewood the first night. He did not remember that the raccoons are smarter than the average city boy and would look cute for potato chips to be tossed, while getting thier friend to steal said bag from right next to him. It scared him badly. Don’t even get me started on the squirrel incident.

  21. LOL Mom2twins We need to trade camping stories… Squirrels know military maneuvers… I swears… I saw it with my own two eyes.

  22. puddlepeppers says:

    Night at the campground…I wake up to the sound
    of raccoons prying open the RubberMaid seal.

  23. DaytimeDeb says:

    Ah, camping! A friend of mine was returning to our site after, ahem, attending to nature. It was dusk, and I could see her picking up the pace… quicker, then quicker… finally I saw a very “healthy” raccoon ambling along behind her as if to say, “Whatdya got to eat at YOUR place, hmm?” Twas quite a large raccoon, I must say. But it was forever funny to see my friend quicken her pace whilst trying to remain calm!

  24. DaytimeDeb says:

    Oh, and BABY RACCOON! What a cutie pie! I hear they are soft (another friend, another story. Let’s just say it involves a doggy door).

  25. chanpon says:

    Bebeh bandito!

  26. It’s George Cooney! *Swoon*

  27. Are you all unaware that “coon” is an ethnic slur? I hear that some people use this term in the deep south in reference to actual raccoons, but in most places, it is still an offensive term to use, pure though your intentions may be.

  28. Ah HA! There’s where my eyeliner went.

  29. Debo, isn’t it only an ethnic slur when applied to people? Isn’t it still ok to talk about a “coonskin cap”, coonhounds and Maine coon cats?
    In any event this particular little baby whatever-you-want-to-call-it is definitely cute cute cute, and I’ll be he (she?) has a sweet soft round tummy waiting to be snorgled. I’m willing to risk the claws.

  30. Camping stories? Raccoons and bears are famous– but mountain goats are doozies.

  31. Debo, I did a double take when I saw the title too. Innocently used or not, I wish it wasn’t there.

  32. I’ve got a raccoon living in my backyard stone wall so when I take my dog out, I have to keep an eye out so that my dog does not get attacked. Raccoons are common in New England and my grandfather used to keep them back in the 60’s. How he ever got them, I’ll never know since he passed on. However, it is an amusing family story. This baby ‘coon is very cute. We do call them “coons” around here, just an New England thing. Maine Coon cats are often called coon cats as well. Don’t blame me, blame the last few hundred years of nicknaming animals by our not so well-intended ancestors.

  33. berthaservant says:

    I understand the sensitivity to the word, but the apostrophe indicating the missing part of the word makes it much less offensive (for me).

    Can we have a ResQte tag please?
    [OK! – Ed.]

  34. I want to keep forever, please ???????????

  35. P.Erasmus says:
  36. Years ago I was driving home at about 2 am through a place that had houses on one side of the road and open space on the other. I noticed a small thing right about the place where the opposite lane’s tires would go, sure enough a little baby raccoon. I stopped and the little guy was crying his heart out — clearly Momma was across the road, rummaging through trash cans and he tried to follow and gave up part way across. I got out a blanket and scooped him up. I was lucky, since he didn’t fight or claw or anything, just snuggled up. I put him into the trees and he must have smelled familiar things, since he just gave a happy little chirp and ambled off into the darkness. I’ll never forget that, and I really don’t know why. Anyway, baby raccoons are cute.

  37. Mud Bug says:

    Did anyone else hear the theme song to the Adams Family while watching Chicky 82’s video ? =oD

  38. ZOMG!!!! PC Police be angry!

    It’s a fricking raccoon. Bringing up the alternate meaning when the context is clear is far worse in terms of being insensitive than this post was.

  39. soxfan413 says:

    Really? Coon is still used as a racial slur? Wow. I had no idea. I think of it as a really old-fashioned and obsolete term…

    My dad brought home a baby raccoon when I was a lil kid. He said he followed him home. LOL. We named him Linus. We all ADORED him, except Mom worried about having a wild animal as a pet, of course, as moms will, and should. We had him for a few months. Mom eventually won and we brought him to a wildlife sanctuary. The worker there donned big leather gloves to pick him up and that really scared Linus. He only knew real hands, not big scary leather hands that smelled like who-knows-what other kinds of animals. I cried for days.

  40. claudia says:

    one of these days I may snap and lose it here *scratches head* but not today…
    baby COONS are CUTE.

    Make of it what you will. *eyeroll*

  41. But baby raccoons are cute. I must pet her head.

  42. hon glad says:

    This Rocky Racoon can check into my room.

  43. I think I’m melting

  44. Bebeh raccoon! Awww. When I was a kid I read a story about a family who kept a raccoon as a pet and it did all kinds of mischief with its little pawsies. Ever since I’ve secretly wanted one. 🙂
    Raccoons and red pandas are the cutest animals in my book. Wait, also kittayns. And 12-week puppies. And slow lorises eating wormsies… Ok, CO is capable of finding cute in everything.

  45. Welcome to the Huffington Post folks, where the ridiculously oversensitive tell you what to say and therefore what to think.This insanity reminds me of the movie The Human Stain, wherein an academic’s life comes crashing down because he refers to some students as “spooks” not even knowing they are black. Next you’ll be complaining that using the name ” McCoonersons” to describe an animal is de-humanizing to the Scots! Also, the alliteration does not work with “Clover Racoon”.

    Strangely i find the adult coons cuter than the babies, though she does look appealingly bewildered as do many baby animals.

  46. I know, I know, coons can be sneaky and kind of ferocious. That’s just how nature made them. But nature also made them cute, especially the babie, like this little guy! So glad he’s being cared for!

  47. I agree with lksdhl . Really, get over it! That baby COON is super cute. Have you ever seen (in person) they way they can use their hands? Very human like. The palms of their hands are amazing, too! But yes, as others have said, they can rip you a new one!!!

  48. Emerson says:

    Wait–whose life came crashing down in this instance, Michael Claymore? I counter-accuse thee of hyperbole!

    The word jarred me like it did these other people. Pointing it out doesn’t make raccoons uncute*, undermine the website’s fundamental right to be/importance to our country (not sarcastic! heart you!), or damage the reputation of anyone here.

    We are at Stage 2 of the following familiar sequence:

    1)”This is bad”
    2)”You’re uptight”
    3)”Everyone shut up”

    and looking at a possible Stage 4:

    4) “Oh, right, I’m at that “work” place where I get paid to do my job…”

    *I am scared of raccoons

  49. Your dog barks, it don’t mean nothin
    Your dog barks, it don’t mean nothin
    My dog barks, he done treed somethin

    Come on boys, let’s go to huntin
    Come on boys, let’s go to huntin
    Dog in the woods, he done treed somethin

    Old Red howlin up at the moon
    Old Red howlin up at the moon
    Took off runnin, and he treed him a coon

    Come on boys, let’s go to huntin
    Come on boys, let’s go to huntin
    Dog in the woods, he done treed somethin

    and etc, it’s a cute song if ya like Old Timey music.

  50. Kristabelle says:

    What a cute little baby! I think this is the first baby raccoon I’ve ever seen! I think the adult ones are super cute – much like red pandas.

    The camping stories are cracking me up!!!! Sometimes I’m glad I’ve never been camping!

  51. RevWaldo says:

    off 2 fight crime and/or evul, brb

  52. Michael Claymore – Nuffington Post?

  53. Man, even raccoons are cute when young. I guess there’s a lesson there…not that I feel like learning a lesson imparted by a wee raccoon.

  54. P.Erasmus, those duckling tocks are KILLING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Pixy Misa – LOL – my thoughts exactly. I was going to call them the PC Police: Nuff Division.

  56. marsheeeee says:

    @Nan: We call them ‘Coons in the deep South as well. As for the other connotation of the word, well, I’ve never heard that term used in that way down here…we have uglier terms that God help us I hope nobody uses anymore. So here a ‘Coon is just a raccoon.

    I once had a family of raccoons at my house, a mom and several babies. One time I came out to my garage to leave ’em some cat food (I know – bad!) and one of the babies got so excited he grabbed ahold of my leg as I walked over to the food dish. He was adorable! I had on blue jeans so it was ok.

  57. Women are so funny when it comes to baby animals! How can you resist?? Seriously! 🙂

    You are domesticating a raccoon!! That is talent Suzannah!!

  58. Suzannah H says:

    I am the one caring for this sweet little girl. Her name is Coco, and she hasn’t gone to the rehab center just yet, probably sometime next week.

    Because we’ve had her since she was only a few days old, she is VERY sweet and affectionate. She loves to cuddle up on my shoulder or in my lap after I’ve fed her a bottle. She’s currently on kitten formula, but will be fully weaned around 10 weeks.

    I will surely miss her once she goes to her new home. But she will be much better off, living with other raccoons and learning how to live in the wild for her eventual release.

  59. BabyOpossum says:

    As adorable as this guy is, wait a couple-three weeks and he’ll be exponentially cuter when he reaches the “big kid” stage. When I volunteered at a rehab center, it took all my strength not to linger and play with the raccoons after giving them their food. They would come up to me and start climbing up my leg like it was a tree trunk, making their insufferably cute chittering sound…I just wanted to pick them up and snuggle and tickle them, but somehow I resisted, peeled them off (not easy…they are great grippers) and went on my way. Sigh…

  60. BabyOpossum says:

    (Oops! It’s a girl, not a guy!)

  61. mxlplyx says:


    Try growing up in the south w/it for your last name.

    Leah [i-kid-you-not] Coon

  62. hm… I’m happy to acknowledge that I am unaware of any use of the term ‘coon’ other than an abbreviation for ‘raccoon’. And I’m originally from western PA, not the deep south 🙂
    I had a friend in elementary school that raised an orphaned raccoon! She brought it into school for show and tell when it was a baby, but she had to let it go into the wild when it grew up, still being a wild animal and all. But she said it still came to visit her. 🙂

  63. Suzannah H says:

    I’m considering volunteering at the center so I can watch her grow up. Because I know how cute she’s going to get in the coming weeks!!!

  64. @Jiji : I did the exact same rescue manouver with a baby groundhog last week. He was all chillin’ in the middle of the road and wouldn’t move. I stopped, got a towel, picked him up (to which he protested with little chitters) and walked him across the street and into the woods where he scampered away happily. Unfortunately I almost got a ticket while I was off in the woods. Good thing the cop understood.

  65. Theo! We just had a time warp! My second comment came up first.

  66. umm… I meant rehabbers. plural.

  67. to you wildlife rehabber: bless your hearts! I don’t think I could let them go…

  68. Katrina says:

    Dearsweet baby, thanks for the background info and your caring Suzannah H.

  69. Wow, the force is strong with this CeeJoe. 😉

  70. Whoa! my life is going backwards!

  71. Whoa! CeeJoe is Brad Pitt!

  72. LOL! I loved that movie.

  73. I’m Suzannah H’s dad–she sent me a link to the posting. I can verify that she has always loved animals since she was a child (eons and eons ago), particularly little cute ones like Coco.

    But I had no idea there was as much interest among the general public! It took me 30 minutes just to read all the comments, so how long did it take to write them all??? I mean, don’t you folks have JOBS and all??? 😉

  74. Suzannah H says:

    Yes, Dad. We have jobs, at least I do. Obviously you’re somewhat immune to the power of the cute. Some things are more important than work 😉

  75. Katrina says:

    Yes, Mr. H., most people have jobs, and each comment is usually pretty quick. We are committed to ‘The Cute’ though, and, well, we make time. Your daughter is a particularly dear person, you have done a wonderful job of nurturing a loving person. My best to you both.

  76. Oh yes, Mr. H. this website helps me to get through my job!! The perfect stress reliever.

  77. Aww what a cutey Patootey! I have two just like it sitting here in my living room right now. Aka Gus and Pandora! Baby raccoons are my all time favorite animal ever, but to whomever is offended by the term “coon”, please don’t be. I think it’s rather ridiculous that everyone is so worried about being pc. A coon is a coon. I live in the deep south and EVERYONE calls them that even those who might have reason to be offended by the term.Sheeesh, I don’t get offended every time someone asks me if I want a cracker….LOL It is what it is. But, moving on….

    Baby raccoons are just chock full of adorableness! Just keep in mind that they are rabies vector animals and anyone coming into contact with them should never let them suckle on your fingers or to beguile you with their cuteness!

  78. Barbara says:

    Suzannah, you’re not going to believe this. I was just in our backyard playing with the grandkids and we looked down in a hole in one of our trees and there are three baby racoons!!! Your dad is out there now trying to get pictures to send.

  79. Please be careful! Mama raccoons can be VERY territorial and VISCIOUS!

  80. justmeandthevoices says:

    Barbara, NO WAY! And yes, don’t let him get too close to them if the mom is around. He might get torn apart!

  81. Tractatus Blorpico-Philosophicus says:

    @Emerson, agree with you there. Peeps with the knee-jerk reactions, though, try thinking a little about why other peeps find the term “coon” problematic — it doesn’t matter what part of the country you’re from or what race you are. There’s also no point making an analogy to Scottish peeps, etc. being offended — I’m sorry, there’s no way in which this is equivalent! Thank you. [bowing respectfully to all]

  82. Coco has great fashion sense. Are those Chanel daisies? So perfect for spring.

  83. Katrina says:

    Mrs. H., Did you get the pictures?

  84. Suzannah H says:

    Dad sent me the pics, actually one pic, of the three babies in his backyard. For a while I thought he was pulling a prank on me, but it was true! There were three of them, all curled up and asleep. I’ll see if I can upload them to a photo site and post the link here. 🙂

  85. Suzannah H says:

    Here’s a link to Dad’s baby raccoons. Just to let you know, he was smart and didn’t mess with them. Just took their picture and left them alone. But hopefully he’ll keep checking on them and send updated pics 🙂

  86. Thanks Suzannah! They are too cute for words! LOVE the black rubber noses!!!

  87. susan_rn92 says:

    If you want to know what raising a baby raccoon could be released in the wild again could be really like, I suggest you read the book, “Frosty, A Raccoon to Remember” by Harriett E. Weaver.
    It is an easy read, and absolutely cute! Yes, they are mischevious, but they can melt the stoniest heart in no time!

  88. eternalcanadian says:

    ah, ah, ah, a masked bandit on the loose! i don’t care how pesky coons can be, they are adorable. just don’t come between a mama coon and her kits. just make sure you got rocks or locks on your trash cans and keep the dog/cat food off the porch.