Teen’s Friendship With Raccoon Family Is The Relationship We All Need

By Kayleigh Roberts
Teen Befriends Family Of Raccoons
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There's nothing special about a teenager loving to hang out with her best friends. But when that teenager is Kaylah Lynn from Seattle and those friends are a family of wild raccoons, suddenly the hangouts become very special and very adorable.

As Kaylah explained to Teen Vogue, she didn't befriend the whole family at once. Back in August, she met the momma raccoon, who she named Rosemary. Kaylah and Rosemary became great friends, but eventually Rosemary stopped coming to visit.

It was a huge bummer, of course, but Kaylah just assumed hers and Rosemary's friendship was one of those beautiful and brief ones, like when you meet someone at summer camp and think you'll be close forever but then distance and reality get in the way. Exactly like that, except no camp and Rosemary was a wild animal.

But then it wasn't like that at ALL. In September, Rosemary returned, along with FOUR BABY RACCOONS.

Rosemary and her babies come visit Kaylah every day at 7:30 p.m. and ever day at 7:30 p.m., Kaylah is there waiting for them with slices of bread, because reciprocity is what friendship is all about.

"I give each raccoons their own slice so it's equal," she told Teen Vogue. "I don't want anyone to feel left out."

Kaylah also named the babies, because it would just be rude not to. Their names are Rosie, Sheldon, Junior and Baby, because you know you wanted to know. And in case you're wondering, yes, Kaylah can totally tell them all apart.

"They all have their own little personalities so I can tell who is who," she told Buzzfeed. "Also, I can tell who is who by their facial structures."

Kaylah's story went viral after she and her friends started sharing it on social media, because OBVIOUSLY—she befriended a family of raccoons for goodness sake.

The fame hasn't gone to Rosemary and her kids' heads though. They're still just a normal family. Sometimes they're wonderful:

Sometimes they're a bit of a handful:

But they're always family—and that includes Kaylah now, too.