A cute, little raccoon gets lost and ends up with a family with three siblings and a dog. The children take care of it and little by little, they get attached to it.
The baby raccoon grows older and begins to act like the wild animal it is. Finally, the children are made to understand that the raccoon must ultimately return to the wild. It is a difficult thought to bear for a child, but it is the right thing to do.
Many of us have experienced this dilemma. Perhaps it was not a raccoon, but a turtle, a duck or some other wild animal. This simple story illustrates that being selfish (wanting to keep the wild animal as a plaything or as a member of the family) is not in its best interests.