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Crying Raccoon Doesn’t Understand Why His Friend Won’t Wake Up

This raccoon stood by his friend until the very end.

Their tragic story unfolded on a busy street in Toronto, Canada, according to a video uploaded on YouTube by user A Ka. On January 30, both of the raccoons were crossing the street, when one of the two got run over by a car, the video's description explains. What happens next is absolutely devastating.

The raccoon rushes over to his friend, paying no mind to the looming danger of cars still driving by.

YouTube/A Ka

YouTube/A Ka

The raccoon then tries to shakes his fallen friend awake, crying loudly as he does so ...

YouTube/A Ka

YouTube/A Ka

... but to no avail. He then embraces the unmoving raccoon.

YouTube/A Ka

YouTube/A Ka

"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," the YouTube poster wrote. The raccoon was also seen running around in circles, crying out.

YouTube/A Ka

YouTube/A Ka

The raccoon was eventually honked at and shooed off the street onto a sidewalk, where he scurried off into the night.

This painful scenario is difficult to watch. But it provides further proof that animals are just as capable as humans at feeling and displaying powerful, complicated emotions like sorrow and loss.

Watch the video in full below:

UPDATE: According to Reddit user Defrigeration, the raccoons were fighting previously. He writes:

I'm the guy in the video. (I didn't know I was being filmed at the time, but whatever.) I had just shouted at them to get them apart before the video starts. The article has it all wrong. The one lying on the ground was not dead (yet) when I arrived, but had clearly lost the fight and was in submission to the other one. The one on top was biting, scratching, and pulling at the injured racoon's face and would not leave it alone despite having won. From my vantage point, it was not an "embrace" but teeth on the jugular.