'Coonrippy' running for Tennessee governor to get his seized raccoon back

'Coonrippy' running for Tennessee governor to get his seized raccoon back

January 6th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Mark Brown, known to some as Coonrippy and to many as a YouTube sensation for videos of him and his pet raccoons, plays an original bluegrass song at his home on Wednesday in Gallatin, Tenn. Brown's pet raccoon Rebekah was recently seized by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Brown is lobbying to get her back.

Photo by Maura Friedman/Times Free Press.

Viral Internet star Mark 'Coonrippy' Brown, 55, is entering Tennessee's governor race in an effort to get his pet raccoon back.

Brown's pet raccoon Rebekah was seized by authorities last year.

Videos of him showering and dancing with the raccoon had gone viral on YouTube.

The Gallatin News Examiner reports that Brown feels his best chance to get Rebekah back is to challenge incumbent Gov. Bill Haslam in the Republican primary in August.