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Piper Paints: Meet This Talented Rescue Raccoon

Mackenzie Freeman

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Raccoons are often touted as dirty bandits who steal your trash and cause chaos near your home or campsite. Don’t let their typical demeanor fool you. Some raccoons — particularly a rescue named Piper — are far more creative and captivating than you could imagine. Piper’s owners have begun sharing her finger-painted pictures that are full of color and imagination. 

A Full Rescue Raccoon Family

Piper isn’t the only member to be rescued. A woman named Sarah began rescuing the creatures years ago. She started with a male named Tito in May of 2017. He unfortunately passed away by January 2020. She has since taken in Cheeto (in May 2019) and Piper (in June 2020).

Instagram-Worthy Animals

Sarah’s creative creatures didn’t start with Piper. She started an Instagram account for her first beloved pet, Tito. His page, instagram.com/titotheraccoon/, showcases all three raccoons and their many happy adventures. In May of 2020, Sarah and her husband posed in a photo with Cheeto to celebrate getting to watch Tito on a Youtube special titled the Shorty Awards. He was a finalist featured in the animal category. 

For a Good Cause

Sarah and her significant other do more than just share photos. They do it all for a good cause, including partnering with rescue organizations who help other animals. In January 2020 they worked with CustomInk to create T-shirts for sale. A percentage of the sales from these hand-in-hand raccoon and cat shirts went towards helping Foster Paws Rescue. The organization helps cats. Sarah herself worked with them to adopt a kitten named Daniel. Nicknamed Dan, the gray and white feline was adopted in December. The raccoons get treated like cats in a sense, getting to roam freely around the house.

The Story of Piper

Piper and her other siblings were content in their nest when a storm blew through. It knocked the nest down and a passerby helped return it and the babies to their tree. Just one week later, a second storm hit. This one left just one survivor — the raccoon who would come to be named Piper. The person who found her watched for a day to see if her mother would return for her. She never did. That good samaritan then reached out to Sarah and her husband via direct message on Instagram. At first, they asked for some tips on how to make the female raccoon a pet for themselves. They did their best to care for her, but the baby raccoon who didn’t even have its eyes open yet was just too much for them to handle. They reached out to Sarah again a short time later and asked if she would take the baby. 

Piper and Cheeto did not meet right away. They got her acclimated to her new surroundings first and waited for her to grow since Cheeto was so much bigger and played roughly. Now that they’ve been introduced, the two have become fast friends.

Piper isn’t the only painter in the family. Cheeto and Tito (when he was alive) also liked to dabble in the creative activity. You can even purchase their paintings to help pay for their care or go towards other good causes that Sarah and her husband support. Check out some videos of the rescue raccoon family on their Youtube channel.

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Lea Lomas

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Sherry Rucherman

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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A Koala Mother Babysits Three Joeys

Mackenzie Freeman

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The parents who have several young children at home often talk about the challenges that they face. Caring for even one very young child is certainly difficult. Having three kids like this just multiplies all of the associated obstacles. Strangely enough, many animal parents don’t quite seem to have the exact same issues. Then again, it’s possible that koala parents might have some of the same problems. 

Very young children tend to squirm and kick whenever they’re held. Parents who have twins sometimes have a difficult time holding both of the kids at once for that reason. They might get used to it, but it still might pose a lot of challenges physically. These situations are even tougher on the parents who actually have triplets. There are koala mothers who have to care for three joeys at once. A koala mother at the Billabong Zoo was in that situation recently. 

Human parents have certain inherently advantages. The fact that humans are comparatively tall certainly helps. Human infants and toddlers are very small compared to their parents. Many animal parents are not as fortunate, including the koala mother at Australia’s Billabong Zoo.

While these koala joeys are actually capable of climbing trees on their own, they seem to prefer resting on her back. While they’re still smaller than she is, the size difference is actually relatively modest. The mother koala seems to be only around three times the size of each individual joey. Since there are three of them, she seems to be at least somewhat overwhelmed. 

The koala joeys can’t seem to sit still, and all four of them seem as if they’re struggling to get comfortable and stay that way. They aren’t resting peacefully on the mother’s back. Instead, they’re constantly shifting and stepping on her. As this is happening, she’s still trying to hold onto the tree. They almost look as if they’re scratching her at times, which is enough to make anyone feel sorry for the mother koala.

It’s an entertainingly adorable image, but the mother koala still seems to be struggling to keep up with all of these joeys. She’s being remarkably patient, especially when people consider the situation overall. These koala joeys were not actually hers. She was just looking after them.

This sort of thing might surprise a lot of people, since koalas are not especially social animals. In fact, plenty of relatively unsocial animals will care for babies that aren’t theirs. They’ll still have the caregiver instinct, which can be helpful in a zoo environment. 

Koala joeys are actually very strongly connected to their parents emotionally. They spend months in pouches, and aren’t even remotely independent for a full year. It takes them even more time to become truly independent, and they’re still very attached to their parents from that point onward. This koala is not actually their mother, but they have the same sort of bonding instinct that her actual children would have. She’s acting as their mother, and that appears to be good enough for the joeys. 

Even though they could spend time on the tree alone, many of them are not going to want to do so. Koalas are generally very inactive animals. The mother koala in particular just seems to want to rest, and the joeys are not making that easy. Still, as energetic as they are, the joeys still settle down some of the time. 

It almost looks as if all four of them are going to fall any second. Still, all koalas are adapted to this sort of situation, and they’re astonishingly good at staying on trees. 

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