Please forgive the quality of this picture – it was scanned from a 35+ year old newspaper article.
When I was a child we lived in a small farming community in Illinois, and we collected all manner of pets – this one is one of the more unusual ones. We also had a pet raccoon, squirrel, opossum, and others.
This picture was in the Chicago Tribune, and I am unsure of the exact date. Click the picture for a high-resolution image (sorry about the lines in the scan – they are in the original). Update – opening it in a viewer and zooming in actually removes most of the lines. I’m not sure why)
I hope my brothers can download a copy of this.
I’m the cute one, top, left. It’s amazing my parents kept this for so long, and it is barely faded, and has no folds or wrinkles in it whatsoever. But it’s a shame the date wasn’t recorded somewhere. Perhaps one of my brothers remembers when it was taken (my dad is 75, and he could only guess – which is all I can do. I figure I was about 9 or 10, making it 35 or 36 years ago).