To some degree, we have learned to live with wild animals and they have learned to live with us. There are, of course, varying degrees of success, and some species definitely adapt more readily to our presence.
Rats, birds and raccoons have all figured out how to thrive around humans. They’ve learned to scavenge and live off of the scraps we toss out.
Though they’ve become more used to humans, that doesn’t mean they trust us. Their remaining wariness was illustrated pretty clearly earlier this year when a young raccoon decided to scale a 25-story building in Minnesota.
He became an internet sensation and people watched as he scaled the pebbly walls of the building. People were worried for the little fellow, and there were live feeds of his progress.
Some people even offered a reward if someone would help the raccoon safely down, but there was nothing that could be done that hadn’t already been tried.
Originally, the raccoon had been hanging out on a ledge much closer to the ground, but when some people tried to “rescue” him from the ledge, he got spooked and went the only way he could: up.
He may have been just fine and let himself down if given the chance, but instead, he kept climbing, finally making it to the top of the building early the next morning where he was trapped. He was reportedly released later on.
The moral of the story is: Don’t rush the critters. Given time and space, they can probably solve their own problems.
That’s what happened with this raccoon. The filmer refers to it as a “she,” and gets called in to remove her from an apartment balcony.
When they first pan to her, she’s just rummaging around on the balcony, probably looking for something that caught her eye, looked cozy or smelled good. When they go out and get closer, she backs away warily.
Eventually, she manages to haul herself over the railing and ease herself down, one handhold at a time. At first, the men try to use a big net and discuss using a snare to safely trap her, but any wrong move could scare the raccoon and send her plunging eight stories.
So they decide to give her some breathing room to see what she’ll do. She keeps going down, takes a break on another balcony below, and then continues her descent.
Finally, she makes it to the sweet ground and scurries off. By exercising a bit of patience, everyone was able to go home none the worse for wear.
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