Street Talk: Have you ever had to kill your darlings?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 29, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

Asked Monday at Jacob’s Island Bark Park

Q: This week’s feature story is about the life and death of the White Lady, a famous Yellowstone wolf. What animal or species most captured your imagination as a child? Follow-up: Have you ever killed an animal? If so, how did it feel?

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    Willow Coefield: Horses and snakes, to be honest. I have no idea why. Horses, I guess, they’re free. Now I realize that I’m all about dogs. Road kill: I personally have not. Actually, I kind of did. I hit a bird once. I drove a couple hundred miles, then stopped at a gas station. Its beak was still stuck in my hood. I felt pretty terrible about that one. I don’t know if I could ever kill an animal, as much as I love eating fresh game.


    Therese Divilbiss: I always liked cheetahs as a child. Their speed. I was a sprinter when I was younger, so I was definitely kind of connected. For science: Unfortunately, I worked at the neurotoxicology lab here on campus, and I had to kill mice. I had so much trouble with it. I cried every time. I had pet rats, so mice was really hard for me. I had to wean them as babies, then dissect them.


    Stacy Sutherland: Probably a unicorn, as a child. I don’t know, because they look magical, I guess. Close call: No, I never killed—one time I thought I hit a dog, and I was really upset. It was real foggy and I heard something bang on my car. But I looked and didn’t see anything, so I haven’t killed anything as far as I know.


    Avin Sigurani: I liked ants. They’re a social insect. They’re not very intelligent, but as a colony they sort of a form a collective that’s slightly more intelligent than a mouse. Ribbit regrets: I killed a lot of frogs when I got my master’s. I felt like it shouldn’t be done unless it was necessary. It wasn’t fun, but it was necessary at the time.


    Neil Bruno: I’d have to say bears, because they’re the first real wild animal I came across. The “h” is important: I killed a pheasant. But that was pheasant hunting, back in my young days. And no, I didn’t like it.

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