Heartbroken raccoon (or not?)
UPDATE: PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE WATCHING OR COMMENTING
This is from someone who says he was there before me and according to him, it wasn’t an accident – in fact, it was a fight between two raccoons: https://www.reddit.com/r/toronto/comments/44288b/crying_raccoon_doesnt_understand_why_his_friend/
On the other hand, “You hear the sound that it’s making, that’s what babies make with their mom,” said Suzanne MacDonald, animal behaviourist and psychology professor at York University. MacDonald said raccoons typically avoid traffic and that the sound the raccoon is making is what baby raccoons do to get their mothers’ attention. “I’m assuming that the smaller one was the baby and the one that was hit was the mom,” she said: http://www.citynews.ca/2016/02/04/trending-heartbroken-raccoon-vigorously-tries-to-wake-dead-friend/
I don’t want to mislead anyone: as you can see from the video, I wasn’t there from the beginning. I thought it was an accident because the raccoon wasn’t moving and because I saw cars hit it several times and drive over it when the traffic resumed. Also, I have seen raccoons being hit by cars in Toronto, including in this very area, but I’ve never seen them fight in the middle of the road, with cars and people around – especially in the middle of winter. They are usually cautious animals. I may have been wrong in my assumptions.
So, judge for yourselves.
My original video description: “It happened tonight. Two raccoons were crossing a busy street in Toronto and one of them was hit by a car. The other stayed on the scene. It began running in circles and crying, almost oblivious to people and cars that gathered around. Then it approached its friend and began shaking it vigorously, as if urging it to: “Get up! Get up!” Cars were honking impatiently, people were yelling at the raccoon to get off the road, afraid for its life. It just couldn’t leave its friend. Finally they chased it away…
From an article by Dr. Marc Bekoff in Psychology Today: “There is no doubt that many animals experience rich and deep emotions… Grieving and mourning clearly show that nonhuman animals are socially aware of what is happening in their worlds and that they feel deep emotions when family and friends die.”