The lovable hillbilly who became a viral video star dancing with a raccoon to Aretha Franklin music on his porch in Tennessee had his pet raccoon taken away by the state. He didn't have the right permit. You can see the video here.
The raccoon in the video died, but he was raising a new raccoon as a pet. This new one is the one that was taken away. Mark Brown, the gentleman in the video, is a former wildlife control officer. The video below shows him showering with the new raccoon.
What do you think? Should the raccoon have been taken away? I have a little hillbilly in me and I can't imagine raising a raccoon as a pet, but I don't have anything against the idea. I remember my father cooking raccoon for one memorable Thanksgiving dinner. There are a zillion raccoons in the world and I am not entirely sure why Mr. Brown can't enjoy a shower with one. I would imagine that thousands are shot every year as nuisance animals in Tennessee and I can't see the harm in this case.
If you are interested, there is a petition to allow him to keep his raccoon here.