Man Fights to Get Pet Raccoon Back

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Sometimes, sharing videos of your adorable fluffy animal on YouTube can make them famous. Other times, it can get you in trouble, and in Mark Brown's case, it got his pet taken away. According to News Channel 5, the Gallatin man's raccoon has been seized by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency after he posted videos of himself playing with the wild animal on YouTube.

Man Fighting For Return of Pet Raccoon


Brown took in Rebekah, the raccoon, because he claims she was going to be killed after trying to attack some chickens at a local high school.

Although Brown believes his YouTube videos had something to do with her being taken away, the TWRA state they received complaints from neighbors about the critter. The YouTube videos apparently did not have anything to do with her being seized by authorities.

Brown is now appealing to Governor Haslam to get a permit to keep his pet raccoon.

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BossyOne

We had a raccoon, we got her just as her eyes opened, mama had been killed by a car. We kept her in a very large crate, in the house while she was trying to build up her confidence, she used a baby bottle for feedings, held by her 4 legs (adorable!), she'd go outside, we'd play hide n seek for hours. We had her for 5yrs, one day she decided she wanted her own family and proceeded to leave "home" to venture out. We saw her about a yr later, with another raccoon, it was obvious she recognized us! She was a joy! Her favorite place to nap, a whte, empty 5 gallon paint bucket, what great pictures we have!!!

August 15 2013 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rufus

ONLY MORONS MAKE WILD ANIMALS PETS OR FAMILY. DUMBAZZ.

August 15 2013 at 6:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
raptureready1958

It's a wild animal. He does not need to get it back.

August 15 2013 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
P. Ray

renee, they are not destructive! You obviously have never had contact with one. They are as friendly as a dog or cat.
My son has a wild one living in a tree near the house. He feeds it and makes sure water is available during dry summers. The racoon is a female and has babies every year, which she brings down to visit him when they are old enough for solid food. She and the baies eat with the outside cat. And if the dish is empty, she comes to my son for her food.
She also comes when called! He did not make any attempt to train her. During the drought, she found the water first and then the food.

August 15 2013 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Here is the link to sign the petition; http://www.thepetitionsite.com/976/212/939/governor-bill-haslam-return-to-mark-coonrippybrown-raccoon-rebekah-held-at-waldens-puddle/

August 15 2013 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
msjill0804

I would also sign the petition. I can't imagine why one raccoon would cause such a ruckus. This is just another example of America's descent into becoming a police nation.

August 15 2013 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Karen

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/976/212/939/governor-bill-haslam-return-to-mark-coonrippybrown-raccoon-rebekah-held-at-waldens-puddle/

August 15 2013 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Duffy

Where can we start a petition/movement to help him?

August 15 2013 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Karen

Here is the petition; http://www.thepetitionsite.com/976/212/939/governor-bill-haslam-return-to-mark-coonrippybrown-raccoon-rebekah-held-at-waldens-puddle/

August 15 2013 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robertsull

Let him keep his raccoon. With all the trouble in the world you would think one mans act of kindness would garner praise, but no it has caused him pain and suffering not to mention what the poor raccoon is going thru, Taken from the only care and yes love it has ever known. Damn he keeps it in his house its well fed and not a menace, so whats the big deal have him pay for a permit and let his little buddy come home.

August 15 2013 at 11:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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rufus

BULLCHIT, ITS A FREAKIN ANIMAL. WHO CARES ABOUT ITS PAIN AND SUFFERING, PUT IT OUT OF ITS MISERY. NEXT HE'LL WANT TO MARRY IT.

August 15 2013 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lawoff414

Why do government officials keep getting involved where they are not wanted, or needed. This is very similar to the "swat team" that killed the baby deer a week or so ago...

August 15 2013 at 10:32 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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rufus

GOV'T OFFICIALS ARE AS STUPID AS PEOPLE THAT TAKE WILD ANIMALS INTO THEIR HOMES.

August 15 2013 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sutt202

Are you just trying to be funny?? Or are you really the A**hole fool your making of yourself?? It's been said that people who treat animals bad are 100 times more likely to inflict pain on humans. You need to be locked up before that happens.

August 15 2013 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Bill

Another reason to keep ones life as totally private as possible. The whiners are out there just looking for their next thing to complain about. If they are not complaining, they are not happy. Sad some folks are wired that way.

August 15 2013 at 7:01 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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