Pumpkin thinks she’s a dog. In reality, she’s a raccoon. Discover today the love story of PUMPKIN THE RACCOON and her siblings Toffee and Oreo.


In October 2014, when Pumpkin was just 1 month old, she fell out of a tree in Rosie Kemp’s backyard and broke her leg. She was rescued by a loving family.

Now she lives her days out with her dog siblings Toffee and Oreo, and with Laura and William Young.


PUMPKIN THE RACCOON lives in Nassau, Bahamas, where there are no raccoon rescues and it’s legal to own them. The nearby Bahamas Humane Society was unable to take in an orphaned raccoon, so Rosie Kemp and her daughter, Laura Young, took in the little raccoon themselves. In most places, it would be illegal to domesticate a raccoon, but the Bahamas are an exception to that rule.

Determined to give the tiny cub her best possible chance, they 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.

Kemp  and Laura Young thought Pumpkin’s mom might come back for her, but unfortunately she never did.

A month later, Pumpkin moved in with Laura Young and her husband, William. There, she formed an immediate connection with the couple’s two rescue dogs, Toffee and Oreo.


She watches TV, eats meals at the dinner table and cuddles with her canine siblings, seemingly unaware that she isn’t one of them.

You can follow her adventures on her Instagram account, where you can find photos of Pumpkin’s daily life. This little bandit has already stolen the internet’s heart. This can be an inspiring account to be followed by your kids.

PUMPKIN THE RACCOON considers the dogs her mums! She respects them when they have had enough rough play and she loves to cuddle next to them.

Pumpink’s message is that friendship and love can be found in the most unlikely of companions.



Laura Young has published a book: PUMPKIN the raccoon who thougt she was a dog.

Do your kids want to know more about raccoons? Show them this.

Note.- Raccoons do not normally make good pets; they are wild animals. They are extremely active, curious and destructive animals and, as with any wild species, do best in the wild whenever possible. If you do find an injured or baby raccoon, please contact your local wildlife rescue for help.