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Thread: Would you save it?

  1. #1
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    Would you save it?

    Today my family and I went to a field to have out pictures done. We came across a large mouse thing -- I'm not sure what it was...It looked like a giant agouti mouse with a cute brown tail and pretty golden highlights around it's legs. It had a hole in it's side and it gasped for air every couple seconds and it's belly was sunken. I felt so bad for the poor thing

    I really wanted to take it home and treat it, but my mom wouldn't let me. Where I believe that all suffering creatures should be helped, she believes that it's nature, and it should be left to die.

    If you found a suffering wild creature, would you leave it and let nature take it's course, or would you save it and treat it until it was better?
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    Depends on the situation and it depends on what animal it is. If I had a safe way to transport it (like a carrier) and a place to take it (Wildlife Rescue) then I wouldn't hesitate. But some wild creatures carry disease and I would very very cautious. I would not want to treat it myself because I've no experience in that area.
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    I'll have to agree with Slick. Once my friends and I were walking to school and there was a bird who couldn't fly. Its wing was broken, I think. It was sticking out and even if people walked near him, he wouldn't fly away. I wanted to help so bad but I didn't know how to. I was going to school, I couldn't just pick it up and go. Also, some birds may carry diseases and lastly, I wouldn't have known what to do. *shrugs* If I did see an injured dog or cat or something and I was at home, I would probably do my best but something like a crow or a seagull...I just don't know what they could carry with them.

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    Yes, I would try to save it. If it were an animal that we don't have to fear (mice, birds, etc.) I would simply get gloves and put it in a shoebox and transport it to a wildlife refuge.

    I have done this before with birds, chipmunks and squirrels. The people there are extremely friendly and will help any animal no matter how ordinary it may be.

    If it were something more intimidating or large, I would call the wildlife refuge and let them know the details of the injury and location of the animal.

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    I would help it.

    I already have helped out wild animals. I helped out an injured Mallard duck and a fawn. The duck had a broken wing and couldn't fly. So my dad picked it up, and I held it on my lap- on a towel. We took it to the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee. They have a wildlife rehabilation service, and they fixed the wing and released the duck. I don't want to talk about the fawn, because it is too sad. Let's just say we ended its pain after a person hit it and didn't stop. It's a LONG story anyways.

    I have rescued countless painted and snapping turtles from the road. I think that counts too as far as helping them out!!
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    I would have taken it to a vet or wildlife refuge. I've done that before with an injured bird.. I just couldn't let it suffer I wouldn't treat it in my own home though.

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    It depends here too. I'd more likely save animals that I know once helped they could go back to the wild and arn't young enough to think I'm momma.

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    I wouldn't treat it myself either, I would let professionals do it.
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    Yes, I would try to save a wild animal if it was sick or injured. Of course, my safety would come first. If it was a freakin lion or bear, I'm running. hehe.

    My husband just told me a story yesterday. He said that when he was a kid, he found a hawk. It was a beautiful hawk, but it was obviously not well because it let Mike pick it up. He said he was carrying it home to take care of it and these teenagers bullied him and took the hawk. He said they tormented it, tied rocks to its feet, and threw it in the river. Mike said he ran home crying, and to this day, it bothers him. He says he'll never forget how beautiful the hawk was. My husband isn't a real sensitive guy, so I was surprised he'd share that with me. We were both in tears by the end of his story.

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    it really depends for me, if I seen a wild animal injured and in pain I would either put it out of its misery or try to help it. If I seen animals killing another animal I wouldent interfere because that is the way it was ment to be.
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    I wouldn't take it to a vet. I'd call a vet, but I would never take it to them unless it was really really necessary. I've done that with injured birds I've found, taken them all to different vets and every time they just kill it.

    I don't think my city has an animal refuge/rehab. I'm going to look it up incase one day I run into something I can't handle
    Last edited by wolfsoul; 08-11-2003 at 10:49 PM.
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    it really depends for me, if I seen a wild animal injured and in pain I would either put it out of its misery or try to help it. If I seen animals killing another animal I wouldent interfere because that is the way it was ment to be.
    I agree.
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    it depends when I was younger I was walking with my brother and our friend, and we came across a red winged halk with a broken wing on the sidewalk, my brother and our friend stayed behind a watched the halk while I ran home to get my mom, she found a box, and towl and called the wildlife center, she came used the towl to get the halk in the box and then draped the towel over the box to help keep the halk calm, we kept him at our house until the wildlife people came to pick him up but them the halk was injured bad and was laying on the ground but alive, I think I woul dlet nature take its coarse for an animal with teeth however, they can and do bite when afraid, they could get me really really sick if i tried anything. it really depends on the problem and the animal.
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    Originally posted by cali
    came across a red winged halk.
    There is no such thing as a Red Winged Halk. Do you mean a Red Tailed Hawk?
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    oop yes I meant red tailed halk *blush* dont know where I got winged from but yes tail is was what I meant to say
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