Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It Started With A Cartoon

Rascal the Raccoon was a cartoon that debuted in Japan in 1977. The adventures of a cute, funny, lovable racoon was an immediate hit in Japan. Here's the intro.



Why wouldn't everyone want a pet like Rascal? Approximately two thousand raccoons were imported before the government recognized the problem and banned it. They were too late.

What do people do with unwanted exotic pets? There is now a thriving population of raccoons in Japan. Raccoons are known to exist in every prefacture. There are no natural predators.


5 comments:

LindaG said...

Let's hope they 4hink it through better than America does, and don't import a raccoon predator.

LindaG said...

I meant *think* about it.
Fingers and cell phones...

Glen Filthie said...

Hmpffff.

We don’t have them up here in Alberta.


Yet...

Old NFO said...

Yep, MAJOR screw up!

Arthur said...

Germany has also introduced Raccoons - effect of World War 2 and Nazi hunting privilege. Any idea how far they have spread in Europe? Were they popular in Korea or even China?