posted 1 year ago
I had a guest staying in her trailer come up to me tonight and say she heard a crying juvenile raccoon injured in the road. My wife and her three friends all agreed "it will probably die quickly". I went out with the original witness and saw 3 cars miss the poor guy, and he tried to move his head but was clearly unable to move his legs. So when I gently assessed he could not move from a safe distance with stick, I pulled him by the tail out of the road and in doing so saw viscera and a lot of blood but little reaction besides labored breathing. I then felt the only right thing to do was put an end to its suffering with two swift blows to the neck and head with a base ball bat sized stick, and it was unresponsive within 10seconds. All the women here agreed it was the right thing to do, but it was clear that I was the only person willing to do what I did or anything at all, and it was just about the most gruesome thing I can remember ever doing. I can imagine better tools but the time of suffering was my main concern. I really don't think a vet would have tried to save this poor fella. Damn this feels shitty.
posted 1 year ago
I tried to delete this post becasue of the bumout factor but couldn't figure out how, so I guess I'll just go on to ask this question: when did the, " damn, I should put that animal out of it's misery" idea first pop up in evolutionary history? I have heard of wolves and other social predators doing this with their own pack members, so i guess it was pre hominid...
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