Encountered a badly injured deer (Muntjack, or perhaps a young regular one)
by the side of the road this evening. There was a car already pulled up by
it and the critter looked in a bad way (lots of blood around hindquarters,
including via back passage, bone visible, skin loss etc.). I was on the op
posite side of the road, but did a U turn, to head back to appraise and if
necessary, offer to finish it off. I cant bear to see a badly injured anima
l suffer a prolonged death.
By the time I got back to the scene, a couple of 20-odd year old lads had s
topped, with one cradling/stroking the twitching critter. The chap whose ca
r had hit it was also there, at a bit of a distance.
I offered my view that the animal was surely done for and suffering badly,
so the best thing would be to finish it off with a wrench or tyre iron. You
ng fellas did not like that idea and implied that I would be subject to som
e aggro if I attempted such. I'm not shy to get stuck in when circumstances
require it, but I didn't think that hastening the inevitable demise of a d
eer warranted it (wife in car, also, being an additional incentive to not s
In the end, after explaining that the animal was clearly done for and that
it should be put out of its misery (to which the reply was (broad Yorkshire
) "'ow would you know?",I drove off.
Feeling a little guilty, now, leaving a dying critter twitching in pain. Wh
at would others here have done?
The bloke who hit the thing was in agreement that it should be finished off
- posted 6 months ago