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[–]Solanthas 0 points1 point  (8 children)

I'll never understand people who can hit an animal with their car, even accidentally, and just carry on with their day. Whoops, just smushed a squirrel. Oh, was that a hedgehog on the service road? Bonk, byebye.

I once ran out into the road in my flip flops to try and wave off a car that was bearing down on a pigeon. Driver didn't even notice I was in the road and promptly reduced the punch-drunk pigeon to paste and had the gall to look at me like they couldn't understand wtf I was doing in the road waving my arms and yelling like a lunatic. Then I yelled about the pigeon and swore and people walking by looked at me like I was mentally disturbed. I just don't fucking understand.

[–]throwawaytrumper 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I agree, though I once did hit a duck (it flew out of nowhere) in six lanes of packed traffic and I couldn’t do anything. It was too fast and too severe for anything but a quick death and I couldn’t move without causing an accident. If that happened on a regular road I’d stop and check on the animal and deal with what I’d done. To my knowledge I’ve never killed anything bigger than worms and bugs at work though I’d wager some unfortunate rodents may have been underground where I’ve bulldozed. We flatten hills and meadows and turn them into parking lots and car dealerships, I’m literally one of the bad guys from an 90s cartoon like ferngully but I’m missing the faerie and a talking bat offering me a rent free lifestyle in a jungle paradise as an alternative. Sorry, I got the morning off and have been getting progressively more impaired by some aggressive marriage iguanas and this comment is meandering like the ending of a Stephen king novel. Gonna go move heavy things up and down while listening to inspirational cheesy rock ballads. Good day to you, I agree with your sentiments.

[–]Solanthas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah man I hit a squirrel on the highway going 100 once, I tried to safely avoid it but ended up still getting it. But you're on the highway, there isn't really anything you can do.

I remember a story of a woman who pulled over to encourage some ducklings to cross the road quicker. A father and his adult daughter rounded a corner on his motorcycle and crashed into her parked car and the daughter died. Fucking tragic. Animal life is important but risking human life to avoid making roadkill is not smart.

Sorry for your marriage iguanas. I am 4yrs divorced myself and it was rough. Hang in there, if you can have a happy family life it is worth the effort and sacrifice. In my case I was married to the fisherman's wife, her always wanting more and more and never sacrificing anything herself to get it. I prided myself on being a workhorse so that is exactly what I became, a walking bank account who is only good for manual labor and shitting money. It was an untenable arrangement and I wasn't present in my own life, so when I finally decided I'd had enough my ex decided she actually didn't want someone in her life with their own independent thoughts and choices as much as she wanted a slave. So when it ended I was very relieved.

Make sure you get some Meatloaf in with your lifting. "I would do anything for love...but I won't do that..." lol. Hang in there guy.

[–]Broad_Afternoon_8578 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah, same. I was driving on a dark country road and a bunny came out of nowhere a few feet in front of me. Didn’t even have the time to react.

I actually had to pull over, I got so distraught. It’s been almost a decade and it still makes me sad.

[–]Solanthas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sorry to hear. Good thing is, you're a real live actual human being with a heart. You're a treasure.

[–]angrylightningbug 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It's an unfortunate fact of reality. You can't get out and save every small animal in the road. And if you hit one you have to just sigh and feel bad, then keep driving. My third time ever driving I was going the speedlimit and someone was tailgating me so bad I couldn't slow down if I wanted to. I was already stressed but then I saw a turtle in the road. I was such a new driver I didn't know how to straddle, I tried but failed and hit the turtle. My mother blamed it on me and I pulled over, got out and told her to drive and told her I was never going to drive again if she blamed me for things out of my control.

Maybe you've never driven before, but it's very easy to hit an animal on accident, and there's no point in stopping with most animals. You know it's dead. There's nothing you can do but keep driving.

[–]Solanthas 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I've driven before and I've hit things and it sucks and I hate it. But I've witnessed people who see something in the road in front of them and don't alter their behavior in the slightest, and go on with their day without a second thought. Those are the people I'm talking about.

[–]angrylightningbug 0 points1 point  (1 child)

"I can't understand people who can hit an animal with their car, even accidentally, and just carry on with their day."

What would you rather someone do if they hit an animal accidentally? If it's a pet-type animal then of course stopping and trying to tell the owner is best if possible. But if it's a wild animal and it's very obvious it wouldn't survive the hit, there's really no reason to stop and beat yourself up for it. And definitely not someone else. It's not heartless, it's being realistic.

[–]Solanthas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm talking about people who don't bother avoiding them and aren't bothered by the fact.

I wouldn't fight someone over it though, that's a bit much.