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A Small, Short Life

Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 9:59 PM


My wife and I own five cats, all of whom were rescued (two from the SPCA, one from a friend who had passed away, and two ferals). There are other cats in the neighborhood, a mix of ferals and domesticated animals simply left outdoors by their owners.

We have had the joy of seeing a small litter of feral cats grow up in our yard over the past few weeks, and we gave them names just so we had a point of reference.

This evening, when my wife came home, she discovered one of the kittens had been run down in the street. (We're not sure, exactly, which one it is.) I got up to help her remove the body from the street. It hadn't been there for long.

So, I'm walking down the street to where the body lay, and I have it illuminated by a police-grade flashlight (think MagLite). I hear a car approaching, and while keeping the body illuminated, step aside. The driver makes an effort to go around the body.

Epic fail. He rolls over the kitten's head, drawing a foul remark from my wife.

Genius Boy keeps driving.

I can't say he did it on purpose. Maybe he's bad at judging distances. But Holy Fucking Shit, if you see someone retrieving a dead animal from a residential street, do you think it MIGHT be someone's pet? And that you basically just desecrated the body in front of the owners?

The life of a feral kitten seems such a small thing when measured against larger issues in the public consciousness. And I've no illusions about being able to save the world single-handedly. But when someone can be that fucking oblivious, it certainly doesn't show that we're anything but savages with a little technology and some fashion sense.




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Bindyree aka Brin - 2008-09-16 05:26:22
No car is too small for some things.