Zella the raccoon stops traffic in Harrogate

York Press: Young raccoon Zella gets a cuddle from Phil and Liz Kirby Young raccoon Zella gets a cuddle from Phil and Liz Kirby

A raccoon is turning heads as her owner takes her for a walk to burn off energy.

The six-month-old animal with a penchant for chocolate drops is causing chaos on her daily stroll.

Young raccoon Zella, aged just six months old, is the latest animal to join a children’s pet party company based in Harrogate.

Zella has been stopping traffic as she takes her walks, getting thrown out of Argos, and causing just about everyone who sees her to stop and do a double-take.

“We never get very far, we get stopped all of the time,” said her owner Liz Kirby, 48, who runs Noah’s Ark Exotic Pet Parties.

“We took her to Scarborough once, and tried to take her to the beach. But we couldn’t get near the sea, she was stopped by so many people.

“Normally people think she is really cute. We do get some funny looks and a lot of people ask what on earth is she.

“Some people think she is a dog and others say they want a raccoon of their own.

"As soon as people ask me what it’s like to own Zella I tell them it is hard work.

“It’s like having a baby who’s just learning to walk. You can’t leave ornaments out because she will knock them all over.”

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4:58pm Tue 4 Mar 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Nice advert!

I didn't get the bit about being thrown out of Argos. I wouldn't take a dog into Argos so why would this animal be acceptable?
Nice advert! I didn't get the bit about being thrown out of Argos. I wouldn't take a dog into Argos so why would this animal be acceptable? AnotherPointofView
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5:12pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

They should take it to a zoo.

Oh.

Apparently they did that last week. Okay, perhaps they should take it to the cinema...
They should take it to a zoo. Oh. Apparently they did that last week. Okay, perhaps they should take it to the cinema... Ignatius Lumpopo
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6:02pm Tue 4 Mar 14

expubcrawler says...

Raccoons are beautiful looking animals but can be pests. We had one digging up our lawn last year looking for grubs. And our next door neighbor found his trash can on its side and the contents strewn all over his pathway.
They eat just about anything.
Raccoons are beautiful looking animals but can be pests. We had one digging up our lawn last year looking for grubs. And our next door neighbor found his trash can on its side and the contents strewn all over his pathway. They eat just about anything. expubcrawler
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10:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

TheTruthHurts says...

expubcrawler wrote:
Raccoons are beautiful looking animals but can be pests. We had one digging up our lawn last year looking for grubs. And our next door neighbor found his trash can on its side and the contents strewn all over his pathway.
They eat just about anything.
Umm foxes and dogs can do that....... Students too :-)
[quote][p][bold]expubcrawler[/bold] wrote: Raccoons are beautiful looking animals but can be pests. We had one digging up our lawn last year looking for grubs. And our next door neighbor found his trash can on its side and the contents strewn all over his pathway. They eat just about anything.[/p][/quote]Umm foxes and dogs can do that....... Students too :-) TheTruthHurts
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