Oreo The Raccoon, Inspiration For Rocket From 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' Has Died

Andrew Roberts 11 Feb 2019

Sad news broke last week when it was announced that Oreo, the raccoon inspiration behind Rocket Raccoon from Guardians Of The Galaxy, passed away at the age of 10.

The news was announced by Quinta Layla, the Portuguese group that raised Oreo from birth and cared for him.

Oreo

Quinta Layla / Facebook

Oreo was raised by Quinta Layla from birth, becoming the star and mascot for their animal encounters efforts as part of Oreos and friends -- more on that in a bit.

The raccoon was also the stand in for Rocket Raccoon during the production of Guardians Of The Galaxy.

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The Real Rocket

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While Sean Gunn had the pleasure of playing Rocket in a green suit -- with Bradley Cooper providing voice -- Oreo was the basis for the murderous raccoons look, movement, and helped animators make the character more authentic.

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A Happy Life

Quinta Layla / Facebook

Apart from the film work, Oreo seemed to have a pretty great life in captivity and lived at the average lifespan of most raccoons in captivity. He had a mate named Mimi, and was very friendly to those people it encountered:

Oreo you made so many people’s lives happy. You have been an amazing ambassador for raccoons everywhere.

You loved all people of all ages and other animals too and were never phased by anything be it a walk down the red carpet as Rocket Raccoon, a trip to a hospice to visit a sick child or anything else that came your way. You just enjoyed everything and it showed.

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More Than Just A Movie Star

Quinta Layla / Facebook

And as we alluded to, Oreo was more than just a movie star. He was the open door to spread awareness about raising raccoons and other animals as pets -- and why you shouldn't do it:

You instinctively knew when to calm, when to be bouncy and we never worried that you would do the wrong thing because you never did.

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Leave It To The Experts

Quinta Layla / Facebook

As The AV Club described, Oreo and Friends do the heavy lifting of both showing how great the animals like Oreo can be, but also how difficult it is to try to make them a pet if you're not willing to put in the work:

Oreo was also the face of Oreo And Friends, which does animal therapy, guided encounters, and, possibly most importantly, awareness work teaching people that trying to keep a raccoon (or meerkat, or kinkajou, or other exotic animal) as a pet without being ready for the extensive demands required is only going to make you and the animal both miserable

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Sad For Fans

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In Marvel world, this is a sad moment for fans despite the continued existence of Rocket Raccoon on the big screen.

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Immortalized

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The good thing here is that Oreo will now live on for as long as the Marvel films do on the big screen. If Endgame is the last appearance of Rocket, we've got a wealth of appearances and fine scenes to keep the critter around forever.

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A Good Ten Years

Quinta Layla / Facebook

And as their final post pushes, Oreo led a good life for 10 years:

It’s 10 years since you arrived in our lives. We had that phone call whilst in the theatre in London to say you had been born but could we have you now as your mother had no milk. We whizzed back up the motorway and spent hours trying to get you and your siblings to drink from a bottle. We chose you because you were strong and took the formula first little knowing then that you would be such an inspiring animal who would make people from all over the World happy.

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Rest In Peace

Quinta Layla / Facebook

Rest in peace little guy! As Quinta Layla puts it, "Have fun up there over the Rainbow Bridge."

If it isn't just allowed to live in a pile of trash and rest for eternity, something is wrong.

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