A woman found him in a nest destroyed by a land-clearing front-end loader, his littermates dead, and his mother nowhere to be found. So the woman bundled the little guy up and took him home to bottle-feed.
Before long, she realized that 12 ounces of raccoon was too much.
Although Rocket was eating and growing, his relentless inquisitiveness and frenetic energy was more than she could handle. But when she asked area wildlife rescues to take him, they told her he was bonded to people, so they’d put him down.