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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by iamcuriositycat, Dec 9, 2010.
I actually feel kinda guilty. I deprived her of a duck dinner, and now look what happened.
Better for your ducks. I would feel a little guilty too but it would pass quickly.
She must have been sick, and a duck dinner wouldn't have saved her.
Quote:It looks kind of sick.
I definitely wouldn't touch it with my bare hands.
Doing what ever we (have) to do is the "right" thing to do... ain't it???
Animal lovers hate to see any animal suffer,.. life is hard.
But I agree,. no guilt,. imagine the poor duck if it had to be caught and eaten!
It's your job to protect your animals. You have done well!
Poor thing. For all you know it could have been rabies that killed it. Did you see it lurking before? Glad that you, yours, and ducks weren't hurt.
Have you had animal control pick it up? I live the N.C. and with the rabies problem we have had I would have it checked out
Yes, I called animal control. They didn't want to examine it, but did say they'd come pick it up if I put it at the curb. I used a shovel.
We're not directly responsible for her death--i.e., we don't do anything to kill wildlife--we just prevent them eating our livestock. So I don't really feel all that guilty, just a little sad for her. I do think she was sick--she was scruffy around the neck & there was "scat" in several locations nearby, including some still attached... which makes me think it may have been a traumatic death, but I can't imagine what would have done that to her and then left her there. So disease is still probably the cause.
Anyway--she's a beautiful animal and it was interesting to get a close look, though of course we didn't actually handle the body. She was still limber when I picked her up with the shovel, so she can't have been dead all night--it was 15 degrees out there last night. Interesting, anyway.