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With wild ‘haircuts’ and cinnamon coloring, Uni the pet raccoon is an international star

Photos like this posted to Uni the raccoon’s Facebook page in Taiwan have turned Joyce Tai’s 2-year-old pet raccoon into an international star with thousands of followers.
Photos like this posted to Uni the raccoon’s Facebook page in Taiwan have turned Joyce Tai’s 2-year-old pet raccoon into an international star with thousands of followers. Facebook

Pet and raccoon are not words that many people in the United States would use in the same sentence.

But in Taiwan, Joyce Tai’s 2-year-old pet raccoon has become an international star, with more than 6,500 followers on Facebook.

Her pet, named Uni, is quite the looker. He doesn’t have the usual coloring or distinctive “mask” of North American raccoons.

He’s blond, actually more cinnamon color, which could be the result of the disorder Leucism that robbed him of pigmentation in his skin and hair, according to Buzzfeed.

He also rocks some fantastic haircuts, thanks to Tai and a pet groomer who saw a blank canvas in the unusual animal. Tai posted photos of Uni’s newest fade this week.

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“I’m just a normal working class person who wants to share photos of Uni with others to bring them some joy,” she told Buzzfeed.

She adopted Uni two years ago when he was just a baby. It’s legal in Taiwan to keep one as a pet, and that’s how he gets treated in her home.

“For those who are wondering how they can get their own white raccoon, you should know that the laws in Asia about keeping exotic animals, including Taiwan where Uni lives, are very different from Western countries,” notes RocketNews24, a website for news out of Japan and Asia.

“There are also apparently no laws against cutting out an incorrect paw print on an animal’s back, because that sure doesn’t look like a raccoon print to us.”

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