Post # 1
This morning when I looked out the door I saw a very hurt bird on our driveway. it looked like his neck was bent backwards, it couldnt fly or walk and was just sort of rolling around and breathing heavy. Its bird friend was watching in distress. It was so sad. I told my husband about it and he said maybe he should go and kill it so it isnt suffering anymore. We wayched it for about 20 minutes and it was clear the bird was dying and suffering.
My husband went outside and hit it with a shovel to put it out of its misery. It all happened so fast- I didnt really know he was going to do it. I got very emotional about it. My husband is the sweetest guy ever and an animal lover-but I feel so sick about it and cant stop thinking about it.
Is it horrible what he did or did he make the right choice?
Post # 2
I think in the case when an animal is clearly suffering and has no chance of being helped, it is humane to “put it out of it’s misery.”
That doesn’t make it any easier to witness. *hugs*
Post # 3
I think it was the right thing to do, it was just suffering and could have taken hours to die had your husband left it alone. My husband would do the same thing, and I probably would get a little emotional about it too, but it’s less humane to let it just lay there and die slowly.
Post # 4
Your hubby did the right thing. No one likes putting an animal down, but it’s a far greater kindness to help its passing.
Post # 5
nutmeg5512: My FI had to do this too and we were both so sad. We had a fledgling outside our house the fell out of its nest and was mortally injured. We waited and watched for a while but when it was clear it was just going to continue suffering, we put it out of its misery. It was so awful. :'(
Post # 6
Yes, your husband did the right thing. It sounds like that poor bird didn’t have much of a chance at recovery, so shortening any suffering was a good thing to do.
I had to watch as my home hatched chicks died last summer, one even died in my hands. It was heartbreaking and I felt so terrible for weeks, but I kept telling myself I did everything I could to make them better and it didn’t work.
I feel for you, and hope you feel better soon. xxx
Post # 7
Awww, poor thing. Killing it was the right thing to do. There’s no way that he could have recovered from a broken neck or have been able to survive long-term. Things like this really upset me too, but I remind myself that the animal isn’t in pain anymore.
Post # 8
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Thats horrible but it was for the best…
just yesterday my dog spotted an injured bird in the middle of the street but it didn’t look that bad so I kept it for the night (lots of cats here) and released it in the Morning. It probably died too- I’ll never know, but if it were obvious it wasn’t going to make it I would hope my DH would do the same (because I know I could never).
Post # 9
thanks everyone. I didnt think I would react so emotionally about a bird, but it really hit me. I feel much better about it now with all your reassurnce.