While the café might seem like a great opportunity to interact with animals like raccoons and capybaras, animal welfare advocates disagree. Not only is this café an inappropriate environment for wild animals, experts said, it’s just a matter of time before the people or the animals get hurt.
“It’s a disaster waiting to happen,” DJ Schubert, a wildlife biologist at the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), told The Dodo. “There’s a very real possibility that the raccoons could scratch or bite or otherwise harm someone, either because of their playfulness, or because humans are either intentionally or unintentionally tormenting them or harassing them. If someone was harmed, what would happen to the raccoons?”