Brothers Rescue Wild Animals From Floodwaters

Back in 2016, southern US states experienced historic, catastrophic flooding and many animals (and people) were displaced as a result.

Two brothers in Mississippi, Frankie and Joe Williams, began to notice wild animals showing up in front of their house as they escaped the flooding forests nearby.

They knew there were more animals trapped in the forest, so they decided to do something to help.

Photo: flickr/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Williams brothers climbed in a small boat and went out into the flood to see if they could find any animals in need of help.

Frankie shared a video on Facebook, showing that they successfully rescued three possums and an armadillo!

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He captured the video: “If you have a few minutes this is definitely worth watching. Three possums and an armadillo, not to mention Joe Williams waders tripping him up several times.” Check it out below:

If you have a few minutes this is definitely worth watching. Three possums and an armadillo, not to mention Joe Williams waders tripping him up several times.“For licensing/usage, email licensing@viralhog.com”

Posted by Frankie Williams on Thursday, March 10, 2016

As it turns out, it wasn’t just those four animals that the brothers ended up helping.

In an interview with The Dodo, they said that they also rescued “several field mice, ground shrews and rabbits” from the flooded fields on their way to the forest.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

They also said that while some animals, like raccoons, could escape the floodwaters by climbing high into the trees, other animals were not so lucky. Opossums and armadillos had nowhere to go and many ended up trapped on tiny bits of land above the waters, and some got swept away.

The Williams kept the animals until the flooding was low enough that it was safe for them to return to the wild.

Photo: Facebook/Frankie Williams

Their rescue ended up being quite successful, though Joe did note in the comments of the video that a big opossum “latched on” to his right hand. He walked away with a few scratches from that, but several animals walked away with their lives.

What do you think of the brothers’ heroic actions? Let us know!

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