Stanley Park is home to a multitude of wildlife. Recently, there's been a Rabies Caution Advisory. Some of the critters have been found to have rabies. It's theorized that it came from an infected bat(?). People and domestic pets have been bitten in the last month or so.
What really gets me is why they were bitten.
The people were feeding some infected raccoons. FEEDING them! LOOK people. I don't care how cute, furry and cuddly looking these animals are, they're wild animals. Animals will always respond favorably to food offerings, but THEY'RE STILL WILD ANIMALS. They can turn on you for any of a number of reasons that we do and don't understand.
Raccoons are nocturnal animals. For the children and Really Slow People: that means they sleep during daylight hours and come out to hunt for food at night. The raccoons in Stanley Park come out during THE DAY now. See, THEY WOULDN'T BE INFECTING YOU WITH RABIES IF THEY WEREN'T OUT AND ABOUT DURING THE DAY.
People feeding geese and ducks really pisses me off. YOU'RE FUCKING UP THEIR NATURAL MIGRATORY INSTINCTS. These birds are learning that there's food to be had here, so they won't migrate south for the winter. GUESS WHAT? Those birds were never meant to live in cold climates.
I hate people. Stupid people need to die.
So, before anyone tells me that picking up the baby robin was a bad thing to do, I should say that:
- it wasn't my idea to keep it. My personal policy with non-domestic animals is to "Live and Let Die Because Nature Has Had This Shit WELL Figured Out For Millions Of Years Already, Thank You Fucking Humans To Leave Well Enough Alone".
- I was fairly young then and having never had exposure to animals, I had no knowledge of what to do in that situation.
- now that I know, I won't ever touch a baby chick or any other animal laying around. If I think it's in danger, I'll call someone who knows better to handle it instead.