By: The Dodo
Late last year, a very unusual bundle fell out of a tree in Rosie Kemp's backyard: a month-old raccoon.
She was very weak, and had broken her back leg. Kemp waited, but when the raccoon's mother didn't return she decided to take her in.
Kemp lives in Nassau, Bahamas, where there are no raccoon rescues and it's legal to own them. Determined to give the tiny cub her best possible chance, Kemp and her daughter, Laura Young, raised the little raccoon just like one of their own. They fed the cub, whom they named Pumpkin, every few hours round the clock and kept her warm and toasty, just like her mom would have.
"Raising her was (and still is) a full-time job," Young told The Dodo. "They are so unbelievably intelligent, very aware, and I would say they are even able to express emotions."
Now Pumpkin lives with Young, her husband, William, and their two rescue dogs, and appears to be as happy as can be. Her adventures are chronicled on herInstagram account, where Young and her friends post photos of Pumpkin's daily life.