Having a raccoon loose in your house is a hellish nightmare for most people, but not for Rosie Kemp and her daughter Laura Young. Last year, the two found a little furry surprise in their back yard: a one-month-old raccoon they named Pumpkin.
Much like a Disney princess, Pumpkin was abandoned by her mother and very weak. Kemp and Young took her in and raised her as one of their own. Luckily, she lived in Nassau, in the Bahamas, where it's freakin' legal to own a raccoon, aka PARADISE!
It was definitely a fairy tale ending for Pumpkin. She lives with a family who loves her, has two dog best friends, and is straight crushing it on Instagram. Pumpkin loves air conditioning and treats like sunny side up eggs and watermelon. She's even learned to use the toilet to go to the bathroom.
"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."
I am able to express an emotion too, jealousy. I WANT YOUR LIFE, PUMPKIN!
Note: Pumpkin is awesome, but don't get a raccoon as a pet. While rabies is not considered a threat to animals in the Bahamas, raccoons in the U.S. are major rabies carriers. If you find an injured or baby raccoon in the U.S., please contact your local wildlife rescue for help.