Heartbreak after Stevenage celebrity raccoon Cody dies

Cody caused quite a stir in Stevenage.

Cody caused quite a stir in Stevenage. - Credit: Archant

A pet raccoon who had become something of a celebrity, racking up more than 25,000 followers on his own Facebook page, has died unexpectedly.

Kasey and Cody shared a special bond.

Kasey and Cody shared a special bond. - Credit: Archant

Cody the North American raccoon was the pet of Kasey Valentine,who lives in Stevenage, and was often seen going for walks on a lead in the town centre with Kasey – where he attracted a lot of attention from shoppers.

Kasey took Cody in when he was just a few weeks old after his previous owner realised having a raccoon for a pet is not straightforward.

Kasey had been researching raccoons for many years and had also done training with exotic animals, so she had a good idea what to expect, and warns others that raccoons are wild animals and not pets to get on a whim.

Cody, who was bred and hand-reared in the UK and enjoyed eating crackers and pancakes, died last Monday from a sudden and unexpected illness.

Cody has died unexpectedly.

Cody has died unexpectedly. - Credit: Archant

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Kasey said: “This is the most horrible and heartbreaking thing I have ever gone through, as Cody was like my child and had gotten me through some hard times.

“He touched so many people’s lives and hearts. I could not be more grateful to have had the opportunity to save and raise this little boy from a few weeks old and give him the life he deserved.

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“He looked so peaceful when we said goodbye and I just hope he knew how much he was loved. His sisters are already missing him.”

When Kasey posted on Cody’s Facebook page that the loveable raccoon had died, more than 400 people posted comments of support.

Kasey said: “Thank you for all the messages and comments – I have read every single one.

“It means so much to me that Cody had a place in people’s hearts and that he won’t be forgotten.

“I will continue to use the page to keep people updated on our other animals, such as Cody’s sisters, and post memories of our angel boy.

“I will never get over his passing, but I will always remember the good times. His life was short, but so full of love and happiness.

“Although I am heartbroken and cannot stop crying, I know I gave him the best life.

“I want to continue to raise awareness of these wonderful animals and memorialise Cody in some way. For now I will take time in healing.”

To view Cody’s Facebook page visit www.facebook.com/CodytheRaccoon.

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