Most people would be shocked to find a raccoon casually munching biscotti on their kitchen table, but for Laura Young, a children's book writer living in the Bahamas, it's just another day in the life.
That's because this raccoon, named Pumpkin, is just another member of the family.
Pumpkin's story begins on a windy day in October 2014. The furry nugget — then just 1 month old — had fallen out of a tree in the backyard of Young's parents' house and broken her leg. With such a bad injury and no signs of a mother raccoon coming to collect her baby, the young raccoon was taken in and rehabilitated by Young and her family.
While her rescue story is certainly compelling, one of the most remarkable things about Pumpkin is the relationship she's built with the other furry inhabitants in the house.
Young was understandably nervous when she first introduced Pumpkin to her two rescue dogs, Toffee and Oreo, but the two "potcakes" (a Bahamanian term for "mutt") immediately took to the little raccoon.
"They developed an instant bond," Young writes. "The dogs watched over and protected her, and it wasn't long before Pumpkin began to follow her two new friends everywhere, never wanting to leave their sides. It was a surprise to all of us to see these three misfits form such a beautiful connection."
As more time passed, Pumpkin even began copying some of the behaviors of her canine friends. Young has been documenting their charming antics on social media ever since, much to the delight of their hundreds of thousands of followers.
Bolstered by the little raccoon's overwhelming popularity, it was really only a matter of time before Pumpkin got her own book. That's where "Pumpkin: The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog" comes in:
The photo book, which is available for purchase now, gives readers a more in-depth, giggle-worthy look into the world of Pumpkin and her two canine siblings.
Young hopes the book will show readers that you can find family and friendship in the unlikeliest of places: "At the end of the day we aren't so different from each other, and if a raccoon and two dogs can become friends, then we, too, can have compassion and love for anyone, no matter how different they seem."