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I feel like an MURDER

The other day I walked out of my apartment to find a dead baby bird less than two feet from my door. I frowned. There was nothing I could do for it. I didn't even know where it came from. I search for a bird's nest but didn't find anything. After talking to Will about it, we decided to leave it where it lay. We hoped one of the neighborhood cats would dispose of it for us.

Yesterday, I came out of my apartment and went the opposite way from the bird where I saw a squirrel on the ground, dead. I let out an "Awww." My theory for this guy is that he fell off the wire that runs to my building. Since the baby bird hadn't been touched in the days we left it, I decided to take matters into my own hands (and properly wash them later). I disposed of both creatures and felt evil for doing so. There was nothing I could do to help them, except protect them from the flies.

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MegL wrote on June 10, 2015, 1:02 PM

We have had a number of dead baby birds in the last couple of weeks. I think the wind or rain blew or washed them out of the gutters where the parents had built the nests.

msiduri wrote on June 10, 2015, 1:11 PM

When you found them, they were past suffering. You are blameless. And that you disposed of the and kept disease and maggots from them, you're actually building some positive karma, as far as I can tell.

Kasman wrote on June 10, 2015, 2:06 PM

At least you didn't run over the squirrel in a car! Now that would (and has) made me feel like a murderer!

GayleStorm wrote on June 10, 2015, 3:03 PM

Your comment made me feel much better. Thank you for your kind words!

GayleStorm wrote on June 10, 2015, 3:03 PM

That's something I hadn't thought of. We have had heavy rains for a few days.

msiduri wrote on June 10, 2015, 4:41 PM

Of course. I have a soft spot for the critters, too.

msiduri wrote on June 10, 2015, 4:43 PM

I have them dart out in front of me on mountain roads where I can't stop or risk an accident. It was almost like they were committing suicide. Didn't make me feel any better about it.

Debbie wrote on June 10, 2015, 8:43 PM

I doubt a cat would be bothered about a dead bird. I think they prefer them alive so they can torture them and leave them dying.

I once had a dead bird outside my flat. It was a blackbird.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on June 10, 2015, 11:03 PM

Aw, I find it really upsetting to find dead creatures. You did the right thing disposing of them.

AliCanary wrote on June 11, 2015, 7:12 PM

Awww, what a shame. The deaths might not have been related, though. Many times a baby bird will die for whatever reason and the mother just casts it out of the nest (she can't really do anything else).

Ruby3881 wrote on July 2, 2015, 8:31 PM

I agree! There was nothing else to be done. You did the best you could, and protected other creatures by disposing of the carcasses that might attract predators as well as disease and maggots. Definitely good karma.