January 24, 2022

Put Those Cute Faces to Work!


Put Those Cute Faces to Work!
Wouldn't you want to say hi? Flickr user David Slater

With the addition of several cuddly bandits, Voronezh businessman Yuri Pavlov's shop on Patriot Avenue has become a place where drivers come for more than just new tires.

By adding a comfortable living space for four friendly raccoons in his tire shop, Yuri's intention was simply to keep himself and his coworkers from feeling lonely. However, the tiny petting zoo has turned his business into a local attraction, with customers coming in just to play with the fluffy mischief-makers. In fact, the raccoons have become the mascots of the shop, even making their appearance on the business's emblem. (Now that's what we call rags to riches!)

Yuri got the first three of his raccoons (Shipon, Tikhon, and Roni) nearly six years ago at a pet shop in Krasnodar. More recently, he adopted the fourth of the bunch, Businka.

The raccoons, though friendly and playful with customers, do get into their fair share of trouble. A small jar hangs on the animals' enclosure for tips to help with their upkeep, and Yuri noticed one day that 2000 rubles (about $25) had been stolen from the jar and made into bedding.

In case you're interested in other famous Russian animals, we have a treat for you!

 

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