Demand Raccoon Be Returned to Loving Rescuer

Give Rebekah back to her rescuer

Target: Ed Carter, Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Goal: Return rescued raccoon to her rightful and loving owner

Mark “Coonrippy” Brown became an internet sensation when a Youtube video was posted of him dancing with his beloved rescued raccoon Gunshow. Coonrippy is a former animal control officer who still answers the call of duty when animals are in need and has been rescuing raccoons near his home for years. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency caught wind of the youtube video and immediately confiscated Coonrippy’s current rescue raccoon whom he named Rebekah. Please encourage Ed Carter, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, to allow the return of this beloved, happy, healthy raccoon to her rightful and loving owner.

Mark “Coonrippy” Brown never thought he would suffer legal repercussions for helping animals in need but that’s exactly what happened shortly after he put a video on Youtube of himself dancing with one of his beloved rescued raccoons. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency responded to Coonrippy’s adorable video by confiscating his latest rescue raccoon. The agency argued that it was illegal to keep any wildlife as pets in Tennessee. Coonrippy merely rescued an innocent, helpless baby raccoon and raised her to be a happy, healthy, confident creature. The government barged in, exercising an unnecessary show of power and now Coonrippy and Rebekah are being punished for an innocent act of good will.

Please demand that Rebekah be returned to her rightful and loving steward Coonrippy. She was in the best of hands with Coonrippy, as he is a retired animal control officer and has many years experience with animals. Tell Executive Director Ed Carter to release Rebekah back into Coonrippy’s loving arms.


Dear Mr. Carter,

I was greatly saddened to hear that a vibrant, young, healthy raccoon by the name of Rebekah was confiscated from her loving and rightful caretaker  Mark “Coonrippy” Brown by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. Rebekah was in the best of hands, rescued by Coonrippy, a former animal control officer. Please exercise your power and compassion and release Rebekah back into the loving and rightful arms she has always known and loved.

Mark “Coonrippy” Brown has been rescuing animals in need for years both as an animal control officer and throughout his retirement. Living in Gallatin, Tennessee, he has come across many innocent, helpless creatures needing assistance. Most recently, he has been rescuing raccoons in need. When the youtube video surfaced of Coonrippy and Gunshow the raccoon dancing, people were absolutely delighted to see such a happy, healthy raccoon that was lucky enough to meet a man like Coonrippy who rescued him and gave him a wonderful life. Instead of celebrating, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency decided to intervene and confiscate Rebekah, Coonrippy’s current rescue, stating that it is illegal to keep wildlife as pets in the state of Tennessee.

Stealing Rebekah from the only family she’s known is brutal and cruel beyond measure. She had a wonderful life with Coonrippy and deserves to be released back into his loving arms. Please do the right thing and allow the return of Rebekah to Mark “Coonrippy” Brown.


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Photo credit: Pet via Flickr

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One Comment

  1. These so called wildlife authorities should focus on real issues where their help is needed instead of punishing someone who has done everything good to help animals. Why do they have to break up a beautiful relationship between a man and his rescued animal?

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