Meet the raccoon living her best life as a puppy

Dani Golub
Video Producer, Yahoo Lifestyle

Get ready for your daily dose of cuteness overload. 

Meet Pumpkin, the once-abandoned raccoon who thinks she’s a dog. When she’s not cuddling with her mom, Rosie Kemp, she loves doggy paddling, playing with shoes, and doing all the things dogs do when they think you’re not looking.  The fact that she’s a raccoon has never stopped her from being just one of the pups.


In 2014, Pumpkin, also known as Pumps, fell out of a tree in Kemp’s backyard, breaking one of her hind legs. She was only 1 month old and unlikely to survive if left on her own in the wild. The Bahamas Humane Society couldn’t take her in, so Kemp’s daughter, Laura Young, and her husband, William Young, decided to make her a part of  the family in Nassau, Bahamas (where it is legal to have raccoons as pets).

“Pumpkin considers the dogs her moms,” Young told CBS News.

And we are so here for it. Pumpkin is not only loved by her new-found fam,  but also by her fans on her Instagram account. She has been stealing hearts for four years now on the platform and has 1.5 million followers. And her social game is on point! Young has posted over 1,200 photos of Pumpkin on her account documenting her adventures at home, by the beach, and even in the kitchen.


But wait, there’s more! Although Pumpkin’s social platforms are impressive, she has given us more than just cute photos online. The raccoon even has her own book, Pumpkin: The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog, which is about her life and sweet relationships with her dog siblings.

If you can’t get enough of Pumpkin, you can follow her adventures at @pumpkintheraccoon on Instagram.

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