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Old 01 July 2007, 11:41 PM
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Old 02 July 2007, 02:33 PM
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Yes! I would kill those little banditios for stealing my caramel. It's all mine I tell you!!

honestly, I don't know and I wasn't able to find anything to state this as true or false. But since caramel is just sugar I can't see how it could kill a raccoon. Unless it was the really chewy stuff and "glued" the animals mouth shut.
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Old 02 July 2007, 07:49 PM
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Even then, saliva would dissolve enough sugar in a very brief time to allow the animal to open it's mouth again. I can't imagine that a raccoon has any weaker jaws than a 12 week old kitten, and Zeebee survived her brush with caramel just fine. She snitched a piece of the really chewy/sticky stuff off the coffee table and did in fact manage to glue her little kitten mouth shut.

We called the vet and were going to take her in (yes, we're worry warts), but within 30 minutes she managed to get her little kitten mouth open again, so we called the vet back and said she managed to get unglued all by herself -- vet said since she did, there was no need to bring her in, but to keep the caramel out of reach of the cats in the future. Not a worry though... the rest aren't interested, and Zeebee runs the other way when she sees it now lol.

Most of the really sticky/chewy caramel is homemade or really good commercial (like, actual candy stores that make it on site), and usually they aren't using too many obscure chemicals. So I think we can rule that out. The ingredients list is mostly sugar, some cream, some baking soda, and possibly corn syrup. Nothing a raccoon wouldn't be able to eat (considering they probably come in contact with all of those raiding garbage cans every day heh). So I'm not really sure why anyone would think it would kill them.
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Old 02 July 2007, 09:56 PM
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If the caramel contains watermelon seeds, it will kill the raccoon.
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Old 02 July 2007, 10:23 PM
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If the caramel contains watermelon seeds, it will kill the raccoon.
Will they explode?
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Old 02 July 2007, 10:40 PM
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Are you asking about the seeds or the raccoon?
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Old 02 July 2007, 10:53 PM
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Are you asking about the seeds or the raccoon?
I think it's a chain reaction: seeds, then coon.
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Old 02 July 2007, 11:10 PM
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Sorta, but coons aren't like mice. So when the seeds blow the stomach to smithereens, you may still have a coon. But the coon gets dead anyway. There's not much data on this because it's probably rare and mostly unreported. Any fool knows that if somebody gets their hands on a watermelon seed caramel, they aren't just going to feed it to a coon or toss it in the trash. Unlucky folks who do eat these things will blow up, and then can't tell anyone what killed them. So the extent of harm to all living things is hard to quantify. It's just one of those sad and tragic facts. It's not like we can just go and live on some other planet. We have to make the best of what we have here.
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Old 04 July 2007, 08:57 PM
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I'm pleading the 5th here.
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Old 04 July 2007, 09:01 PM
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my first reading:
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all at once? I'd imagine so, yes.
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Old 16 July 2007, 12:29 AM
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I'm pleading the 5th here.
You... you... raccoon killer!! -sobs hysterically-
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Old 16 July 2007, 04:11 AM
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um, why would there be watermelon seeds in it? or am I missing something about what people put in their caramel?
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Old 16 July 2007, 06:49 PM
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Apparently, you missed the whole "watermelon seeds make mice explode" fiasco.
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Old 16 July 2007, 06:58 PM
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Apparently, you missed the whole "watermelon seeds make mice explode" fiasco.
Lol I just read the quoted thread. Barns & no Bull, Yomank. Geminilee were you playing straight man deliberately?
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Old 17 July 2007, 06:45 AM
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Well, I know that rats can choke on sticky foods, so why not raccoons? For example it is advised not to give a pet rat peanut butter for that reason. Of course, this means the opposite is probably advised when talking about non-pet rats...
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Old 18 July 2007, 01:20 AM
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Well, I know that rats can choke on sticky foods, so why not raccoons? For example it is advised not to give a pet rat peanut butter for that reason. Of course, this means the opposite is probably advised when talking about non-pet rats...
What is the opposite of peanut butter?
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Old 18 July 2007, 02:30 AM
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What is the opposite of peanut butter?
Milk. At least, it is the antidote to peanut butter.
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Old 18 July 2007, 05:55 PM
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The closest thing to caramel I've fed a raccoon is a Starburst, and it lived to see another day (and another Starburst) just fine.
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Old 18 July 2007, 08:53 PM
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What is the opposite of peanut butter?
I meant the opposite as in DO give them peanut butter. It makes good rodent bait and if you have wild rats in your home you are probably not trying to prolong their lives.
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Old 18 July 2007, 08:58 PM
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Actually, according to my friend (who has found out that raccoons are trying to take over the world) the only things that can kill a raccoon is either a falling tree or a whack on the head with a frying pan.

Yeah, we're weird.
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