An odd question no doubt but one which was very pertinent yesterday when friend S collected me to go out for our lunch. Just above our farm gate on the lane she had seen a hen pheasant sitting in the road,barely moving and yet obviously still very much alive. We came to the conclusion that she had been hit by a vehicle and injured but not killed.
As we passed we pulled up and looked at her. She returned our gaze but didn't move. She really needed putting out of her misery. But - and here's the rub - neither of us could bring ourselves to do it. Nor, more to the point, did we know how to do it. We couldn't even bring ourselves to run over her. I took the easy option and rang the farmer and asked him to deal with it.
The farmer said that when he had finished eating his lunch he would walk up the lane and put her out of her misery. By the time he got there somebody had run over her and she was well and truly dead.
The point is - could you have killed her? If so, how would you have done it? Surely by now I should have learned how to kill a suffering animal out in the fields, but I can't bring myself to do it, or even to learn how to do it.