Saturday, August 23, 2008

How to Kill a Baby Bunny

The other night, Tali caught a baby bunny in our backyard. By the time Matt and I got out there, and made her drop it, she had already done some major damage. The bunny seemed to be paralyzed from the waste down. Having always grown up with animals, many of whom had caught baby bunnies, I knew it was up to us to finish the job. By us, I, of course meant Matt, there's no way I could do it. All of this brought with it vivid memories of my hunter father simply placing the pained baby rabbit in a trash bag and stepping on it's skull, like an insect. So, naturally, when I call him to tell him about it, he suggests stepping on it's head. Not going to happen...
When I asked Matt what plan of action he had decided on, he replied: drowning. Wait a minute! Isn't that a long death? He told me this is what his neighbor did, and "he's a nice guy". I wished I had a syringe with whatever they use to euthanize animals, that would be less violent, at least.

So, after these few options, I realized, everybody has a method for "humanely" killing small animals that have been injured by their own pets. Who knew!?
Here is a sample of what was suggested to me:
-Putting it in a papersack and dropping a rock on it's head.
-Running it over.
-Put it in a pillowcase and smash it against a wall or concrete.
-Suffocate it.
-Break it's neck.
-Shoot it.
-Blow it up.

Morbid, I know. But these weren't all my suggestions! I got these from some very ruputable people.

1 comment:

Helen E said...

My parents kill bats by putting them in plastic bags in the freezer. Do not do this with bunnies.