Interveneing in nature

Saw a magpie attack a family of blue tits at the weekend. It managed to grab one mid air and bashed it on the ground, at which point I ran over an intervened. Scared the magpie off and it dropped the blue tit. I tried to help the blue tit but it was too injured so I left it. Then I thought I have prolonged its death should I go back and finish it off? But I didn’t have the heart, then the fucking magpie came back anyway and got it.
I should never have got involved or am I too part of nature so…?
Put a bit of a downer on the day.

“The rule of thumb is that if human activity causes an animal to become injured or orphaned, we may intervene. If not—if it’s something that happened naturally—then we don’t,”

You mean to tell me you wud watch an innocent blue tit being mauled by a magpie, its not ancient Rome!

Some crow will come and have that magpie - food chain innit

Pretty distressing but I dunno

I did rescue this little chap from the clutches of an evil magpie a couple of years ago, was instinctive but I dunno it it was the ’right thing to do’ or owt


We had a mole that was trapped in our old air raid shelter in the garden (it has steep concrete steps leading down into it). My mum phoned the RSPCA and asked what she should do. Their reply was to hit it over the head with a shovel.


Saw a dog grab a squirrel in a park near me recently and basically shake it 'til it died. Dog owner and daughter were in tears, trying to get the dog off it. But it all happened really quickly. Was a Jack Russell I think.

Did get me thinking. My mum was with us and tried to console the owners, telling them it’s only natural for a dog to do that. But then you think “but isn’t it us who bred them to be like that? And that grey squirrel - didn’t we bring them over to this country… etc etc” and spent the rest of the day wearing an expression like…



Oh man. :frowning:

Found a kitten that had crawled into a glass recycling bin once but as it had got in there itself I couldn’t intervene so just had to empty my bag of glass on top of it and walk off :slightly_frowning_face:

jesus christ


He would have left him on the cross too

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Rescued a sheep that was caught in a barbed wire fence once. But maybe that barbed wire fence was just trying to feed its young?


Remember the time I rescued a squirrel that had got its head stuck in a kit kat wrapper?

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Not on me, no, unfortunately.

I’ve lived in two houses that had an air raid shelter in the garden - they were inter-war suburban places, and they often still had Anderson shelters in the garden in the 1980s.

Ours were full in-situ concrete things though. There’s no way they’re coming out without digging up the whole garden.

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Last year a fox managed to corner a squirrel in our front garden. Did the whole shaking it around thing, very gruesome. But it was disturbed and ran off. Squirrel was very dead, and the fox came back later and had off with it.

Worth mentioning that it’s illegal to release a grey squirrel that you’ve found trapped. They are pests.

Rescued a squirrel from being attacked by a dog once. Now it plays defensive line for the Oakland Raiders

As for the blue tits and the magpies, as has been mentioned, this is nature and magpies need to feed their chicks too. Blue tits have up to about twelve chicks each year and almost none of them would be expected to last the first year.

Our blue tits had three chicks this year which is a low number of hatched eggs, but a very good fledging rate (they left over the weekend). But about a week ago while I was watching them on my telly a woodpecker stuffed its whole head into the box, which was pretty scary. Lucky escape this time, but woodpeckers are buggers.

See also my story about seeing a seagull fly off with an Egyptian gosling on St James’s Park lake earlier in the spring. Again, really stupid birds have lots of chicks for this reason. They’re very bad parents.

An ex Disser friend has a nice/awful story about when he rescued a mouse from certain death by his cat. There was a huge ordeal with him prying the mouse from his cats jaws and the cat was screaming at him to give it back. He took the mouse in a Tupperware to outside his flat by the river and let it free on top of a fence. It gingerly scurried along the top of the fence while he watched. Moments later a bird swooped down and grabbed the mouse.

Ah, nature.