Wednesday, February 17, 2016

It's a Raccoon's Life








For those of you who don't know it Pumpkin is an instagram sensation that just won't quit. Yes Pumpkin is a one year old rescue raccoon who after tumbling out of a tree as a baby and after being abandoned by her mother, was adopted by Rosie Kemp.

This adorable raccoon lives with the family dogs Toffee and Oreo and seems to think she's a dog, uses a toilet and loves watermelon. She also has 615,000 instagram followers. You must follow her ....I guarantee you will fall head over heels with this charming girl.

The interesting thing is Pumpkin lives in the Bahamas. At first I thought WHAT? How can a raccoon even live in the Bahamas...wouldn't they be too hot? It seems that raccoons were introduced to the Bahamas at some point a few centuies ago and that this species is now called the Bahaman Raccoon, and is smaller than the more common raccoon. It adapted that way due to a process called insular dwarfism, and has a more delicate skull and a longer snout.

Anyway Pumpkin was such an inspiration to me that I decided to do a portrait of her called 'Raccoon Breakfast' in acrylic inks.



Pumpkin lives an amazing life in the Bahamas, lounging on the sofa with her doggy pals. It's a dog's life...or should that be a Raccoon's Life.

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20 comments:

  1. Aww this is super cute!! <3 Good work!

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  2. What a great picture, I love it. And now I want a pet raccoon...

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  3. Great portrait! And what a great story! Animals make our lives a bit more entertaining and I will definitely be following this raccoon on instagram!

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  4. What a lovely drawing and what beautiful photos! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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  5. Love the painting, pics and story of Pumpkin - what a cutie! Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

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  6. Thank you for telling us about Pumpkin. Mommy always wanted a racoon after watching Rascal, when she was little. She sounds pawesome.

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  7. When I first saw pumpkin I freaked out and looked through almost every photo...your painting is absolutely adorable!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  8. How I'd love to be living in the Bahamas....
    Thanks for sharing this. Pumpkin is SO cute and I love your sweet painting of her!!

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  9. I didn't realised that Raccoons lived in the Bahamas! And Pumpkin sounds like quite a character. Brilliant artwork as always Emma :) x #PoCoLo

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  10. Aww..he is cute. Love the artwork too :) Pawkisses for a Happy Sunday :) <3

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  11. SO sweet!! Love your "Pumpkin" painting :)

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  12. OMG sooo cute! Thanks for posting these. Love. xo

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  13. She's adorable! I love your portrait with the watermellon. Thanks for sharing! ~RascalandRocco

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  14. Great portrait. Thanks so much for linking with #PoCoLo

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  15. It is super cute and easy to see why pumpkin has become an instagram sensation. Thanks for linking up to #pocolo :)

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  16. SO super cute and an amazing painting !
    Thank you very much for linking to
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    Happy belated PPF as well!
    oxo
    Susi

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  17. I love your raccoon, thank you for linking this to Feline Art Friday.

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