Heartbroken raccoon (or not?)

Heartbroken raccoon (or not?)


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.”

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20 Responses

  1. hamsterpaj111 says:

    and now im sad

  2. Andrew Murray says:

    someone needs to dub this over with the sad music from Jedi when that one
    Ewok tries to wake up its dead friend

  3. Dusko says:

    Pa oni su drugari

  4. ref gaming says:


  5. Martin valles says:

    It’s a cruel world my furry friend.

  6. DoitDoug says:

    Now they drive carefully. Now it matters. Pigs

  7. Austin Bradley says:

    Fuckin humans

  8. Johny Trejo says:

    dumb ass fuckin vans get tf out the way!!!

  9. stoneyballz says:

    that’s sad

  10. ReviewerOo Miscrits says:

    dis isnt a revive m8

  11. sujanswearingen says:

    It’s a tragedy what westernization has done to nature and humanity.

  12. Tyler Harris says:

    We ARE animals. So yeah, no suprise here. :

  13. Robert Bilodeau says:

    awwww :(

  14. 01101011 01100101 01101011 says:

    I majored racoon in college and I can assure you that this little guy is
    into necrophilia

  15. Echocookie says:


  16. TESTMACORONI says:

    Rigby, no!

  17. Kevin Caceres says:

    look like he was tryina eat his friend

  18. Bacon Addict says:

    Someone should still remove the dead one to the side away from traffic or
    place of business so the other isn’t hit trying to get back to it if it
    tries. Someone will purposely try to hit it if it goes back on the road

  19. Batman says:

    Alright Hollywood turn this into a movie

  20. EmmaaRellaa says:

    That rip sound when the car went by scared the hell out of me I thought it
    got run over :'(