The raccoon kit died some time last night. It was stretched out on the doormat when I opened the door.
I debated how to address this -- flat lie, and say it was gone? Sugar-coat it by remarking how peaceful it looked? I don't know. Wild animals are not pets and raccoons have adjusted quite well to living alongside humans; as a species, they're in no danger. I don't like for them to suffer, but you can't save them all. This little one didn't make it and I'm sorry for it.
5 months ago