Arizona man arrested after rescuing and adopting drowning raccoon


When 57-year-old Stan Morris saw a raccoon drowning in the Colorado River, he decided to put his own health at risk by saving the struggling animal. Seven months later, the good-hearted deed landed Morris in jail.

Before his arrest, Morris and the raccoon he affectionately named “Sonny,” had developed quite a bond, according to the Associated Press. Morris told police he first looked online to see if it was against the law to keep a raccoon as a pet. When he didn’t find any information telling him otherwise, he decided to adopt Sonny.

Technically, it is legal to keep a raccoon as a pet in Arizona, but an owner must first obtain an exotic animal license or permit. Most states that do allow raccoon ownership recommend adopting one from a professional breeder.

[Editor’s note: Makes perfect sense, right? A man is walking around with a raccoon perched on their shoulder, not bothering anyone. Complaining or tattling is obviously the only course of action. This isn’t straight out of 1984, is it?]

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  1. Stan Morris says:

    If you remember the raccoon story from 4 months ago; I finally go to court for possession of restricted wildlife the 18th of July

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