While watching the Yosemite wild Fire , we could see little animals running ahead of the
gigantic ﬂames, like in the movie Bambi: raccoons, small and large deer, bear cubs,
different birds, and coyotes moving fast.
Looking closely at these animals, you ﬁnd many, almost all of them, are in a panic stage. People, who were watching these animals, would try to help the animals that fell and had a hard time getting up.
As an example, two people came across an animal thatwas down and could not get up. They, quickly, stood the animal up, the animal strarred at them for a few minutes, and darted off into the brush. Another animal, close by, lying inbrush, did not move, it just laid still: all signs indicated it was dead. Two people picked itup and carried it for a distance, out of the strong, very strong, smoke.
When they got tired of carry the little animal and put it down to rest, there was a slight
movement in the animal. One of the persons, who carried the little animal, blew air near
it's nose--all of a sudden, the eyes opened had a strange looked, for a few minutes,
and then the animal darted off.
One of the forest rangers, who was watching what was going on, said: "In his opinion,
that there is something in the animal's make up that the ﬁrst things they will do, is play
dead. When they have a chance to escape they take it, example, possums, and
When there is a major ﬁre like the Yosemite Fire, the ﬁre wardens are really concern
about putting the ﬁre out, and not about these little animals. it is the same thing when
there is a major disaster, you are concern about the people that can be saved and your
second concern is about the persons who can be saved next.
Therefore when there is a major ﬁre in your area, try to save as many animals as you
can because you can not tell, truthfully, if the animal is only playing dead or is dead.
Over the years there have been many animals that looked dead but were only playing
dead that were saved, it was their nature to act dead, since many times larger animals
will leave them alone.