Hey, wondering if you could give me some advice. Picked up my first roadkill today, a red fox, and i started crying? Just seeing the blood that had pooled around her made me think of what a horrible, strung-out death she had. Im thinking i mightn't be cut out for this hobby, but i really want to do it and find it fascinating any help? Is it just as it's my first time?
Hey there, anon.
I’ve picked up my share of roadkill over the years, and I still cry a lot. Not all the time.. but there are those ones, those certain animals that you either don’t know if they’re dead yet, or you guess they might have suffered awhile.
I found a mother opossum once, a few years ago, with babies. Three were alive and were able to be rehabbed, but many others did not make it. It was just so heartbreaking to see. And I sobbed there in the road, in front of my truck headlights, crying and scrambling to help the live ones. I got home and I cried to my boyfriend. I cried to two separate wildlife rehab acquaintances as they walked me through keeping the babies safe through the night. And I cried later when I put the deceased ones in my freezer.
Crying is okay! You are coming to terms with your emotions and realizing that you feel sad about the animal dying. That’s okay. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the hobby. Yes, you feel sad that the animal suffered, but it’s no longer suffering and now you’re able to learn about the animal up close and see how it works and take time to appreciate it when most other people couldn’t.
I honestly can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried over roadkill. Sometimes it’s just hard. But if you feel that you want to enjoy the hobby and that you would like to learn about the animals and find it all fascinating, I think you can push through it. It’s often hard to deal with, especially right when you find them, but it gets a little easier over time.
I hope that helps a little. <3 If you wanna talk about it more, feel free to message me privately and we can chat.