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Meet Cody, the Therapy Raccoon

Meet Cody: a North American raccoon living in Stevenage, England.

(Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/this-womans-raccoon?bffbanimals&utm_term=.ta0qK4r2w#.joYJN8XbR)

Four months ago, Kasey Valentine acquired 6-month-old Cody from a ​local man who was keeping him in cat carrier and unsure how to care for him. The pair bonded as she weened the young raccoon from milk.

(Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/this-womans-raccoon?bffbanimals&utm_term=.ta0qK4r2w#.joYJN8XbR)

Kasey Valentine is 24. Years prior, she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue and a connective tissue disorder, and was told to quit her job. Stuck at home, she felt lonely and disconnected from the world.

(Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/this-womans-raccoon?bffbanimals&utm_term=.ta0qK4r2w#.joYJN8XbR)

The pair soon became inseparable. Valentine says that caring for Cody has allowed her to become more sociable, meeting people whilst taking Cody for walks and visits.

(Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/this-womans-raccoon?bffbanimals&utm_term=.ta0qK4r2w#.joYJN8XbR)

“He naps with me during the day when I’m feeling very unwell,” Valentine said. “Without him I would probably never leave the house so he has been a huge confidence boost.”

(Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/this-womans-raccoon?bffbanimals&utm_term=.ta0qK4r2w#.joYJN8XbR)

Because of his good work as a therapy pet, Cody has been given special immunity from a new EU law which could ban people from keeping raccoons as pets. Valentine said on the subject, “I wrote a very emotional letter to my local MP. He took it further to the Secretary of State for the DEFRA and we received a signed letter from the House of Commons giving us permission to keep him even if this law comes into effect.”

(Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/this-womans-raccoon?bffbanimals&utm_term=.ta0qK4r2w#.joYJN8XbR)

Cody has a Facebook page to document his rewarding life.

 

https://www.facebook.com/CodytheRaccoon/timeline

http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/this-womans-raccoon?bffbanimals&utm_term=.ta0qK4r2w#.joYJN8XbR

 

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