Mauerhase. Berlín, los conejos del muro. 1 de 4 SUB


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Transcript:
It is a species that has lived in Europe for many centuries.
It has lived among humans for|a long time,
and it usually knows what to expect from them .
With the necessary precautions
it settles in the city,
right next to us.
Wild rabbit -Oryctolagus cuniculus-
also once inhabited Potsdamer Square
in central Berlin.
After the Second World War there was not much left
of the once vibrant metropolitan centre.
Food was scarce in the destroyed city .
The vegetable patches and farmers' fields at Potsdamer Square
enticed/lured hungry rabbits from the whole city.
But the Square wasn't able to feed everyone
The rabbits' access to food became more and more difficult.
One day on the meadow there happened something,
It was something that would radically change the rabbits' fate .
The wire fences
that up to now had kept the rabbits from reaching the vegetables
began to grow
and soon covered the entire area.
But these new fences were built not just around the crops
but the entire meadow.
With time sturdier constructions
came to replace the fences.
People gathered near the meadow in a panic,
making noise and gesturing,
as though they wanted to convey something to the rabbits.
Day and night they stood there, sending their unintelligible signals.
The situation went on for quite a long time
and people behaved even more unusually.
Rabbits are timid by nature.
Often they run away, "just in case".
When they feel threatened,
they will hide in their burrows.
This is how they survive.
After a while, the cacaphony grew quiet.
The rabbits' old familiar meadow
had become unrecognizable.
It turned out that,
when the rabbits were sitting in their burrows,
on the other edge of the meadow another wall was erected.
The only thing they could do,
was just move along the walls looking for an exit.
Soldiers were everywhere .
Dogs on chains didn't let to get even close to the wall.
Rabbits covered another kilometers
but the wall on both sides never ended.
On their way they passed structures of an uncertain purpose.
After few days they finally reached a place
that looked familiar to them.
It was the place they had come from:
Potsdam Square,
their old meadow.
They thus realized that they were trapped
on a strip of land, trapped between two walls,
on a strip
that surrounded all of West Berlin.
When you stood for 8 hours
on the tower and got bored
then the only diversion was
to watch the rabbits.
Beside that nothing else was happening here
We had machine guns
and every shot had to be reported
"Why shots were fired,
if there was an attempt
to cross the border,
or whatever..."
So you couldn't shoot at the rabbits.
Every shot|would raise an alarm
and immediately it would have had military consequences.
So nobody was shooting...
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