Mother Raccoon Leads Her Five Babies Across Rooftop
Although we would like to believe so, there is no real boundary from where the wilderness ends and our concrete jungle begins. The ecosystems don’t work that way. The constant expansion of our ecosystem is barging in on the millions of other ecosystems governed by wild animals, and we are bound to cross paths one way or another.
We, humans, often forget that we were once part of that wilderness. We roamed the Earth picking fruits and preyed on smaller animals in order to survive. We knew when to run and when to attack, when to wait and where to mark our territory. We knew that there was only one rule in the wilderness - prey, or be preyed upon.
Things have changed a lot since then. We have established cities where we build housing out of artificial materials. We bend nature to make our civilisations work, we slash through it with asphalt, connecting our homes. We have upped the scale when it comes to production, creating more and more and even more until we don’t even know if it’s enough. We like things in positive numbers, never minding the surplus of food we gather that goes to waste or the surplus of animals we hunt and they eventually go extinct. We have become the ultimate consumer, consuming the homes and lives of the other organisms sharing this wonderful planet with us.
However, there are still a few resilient ones left in the wild. These animals know how to quickly adapt to all situations and to our environment. They are able to evade the human machinery and still coexist alongside it. However, we can’t always coexist with them. One of these animals are the raccoons. The only thing we really know about them is that we should steer clear of them whenever we see them because they might spread rabies. In fact, it’s their feces that might contain the parasite eggs that cause rabies. This is why it is of the utmost importance to be very careful when you detect the feces also known as latrine. If you decide to clean it up by yourself, make sure you wear all sorts of protection, from disposable gloves and rubber boots to special masks to keep your respiratory passages intact.
Rabies is a viral disease that causes a plethora of health problems for humans and other mammals. The end result of a rabies infection is almost always death. The virus spreads throughout the body until it reaches the central nervous system. It causes swelling in the head that promotes violent behavior, partial immobility, uncontrolled surge of emotions and more often than not ends in unconsciousness.
But, if we try not to get in raccoons way, we will find out that they all have their quirks too. They are cute and fluffy and can’t stop munching on food. They can play the role of the funniest tricksters and also the roles of a mother, a father, a sister or a brother.
In this video, we can actually see a family of six trying to get on top of a roof. Leading the way to the top is mama raccoon. She is very careful with her tiny tots and makes sure each and everyone of them makes it up. The youngsters form a line and follow their mommy’s guiding and eventually get there. It really is a cuteness overload! We might not be able to touch them, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t allowed to appreciate them from afar.
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