Tree huggers do the darndest things


April 21, 2003, 08:45 PM
Got this idea from the groundhog thread where the woman took one to the vet.
Got me to thinking about all the crazy stuff I've seen tree huggers/ city folks who don't know better, do with wild animals.

Used to have a neighbor lady that loved all animals,absolutely took it to the extreme. She went through 50 lbs of dog food a week feeding racoons on the back porch, and it was unbeleivable how many she had visitin every night. The biggest, one that stayed right around the place earned the nickname "Trusty Rusty" and its sudden disappearance (NO, I did not have anything to do with it, not THAT particular one anyhow ;) never did anything about it unless they showed up in the yard ) caused her to call every single neighbor hoping to get track of him.
Then a big spring storm took out a big oak tree (3ft across trunk) our next to her house, and she asked if we would get rid of it. Happy at the chance for that much free firewood, my dad and I headed over. As he was sawing the stump he ran out a bunch of mice. She paniced and wanted to know if we should try to gather them up and make a new nest for them somewhere since we had destroyed their home :rolleyes:
THEN come to find out that later she did catch one, and took it in as a pet. Built a huge maze out of clear pipe and cages for it like they have in the pet store, and actually spent $50 to HAVE IT FIXED .
Took it home from the vet to recover and the cat knocked its head clean off when it stuck it out the little window in the cage :D

Then my sister told me a kid over in their neck of the woods was driving home from school and hit a deer with his car. He was a boy scout and had been wanting to go hunting so he got real excited at having got a deer, and proceeded to call his parents and field dress it. Kept going on to his dad about how he had got a deer, and didn't even have to go hunting. Then his dad showed up and found that he had run over and field dressed a neighbors Great Dane :uhoh:

I'm sure theres a few more stories I can come up with, but lets hear yours. Whats the craziest/funniest/weirdest thing you've seen somebody do with critters?

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April 21, 2003, 09:34 PM
At a Scout camp that I worked at during the summer of 1997, one of the other staff members wanted to trap a squirrel (for the skin). He wanted to skin and tan it for practice, and perhaps make something from the hide (like maybe a bookmark :confused: ).

Anyway, the only apparatus we had available for trapping purposes was an old beaver trap (#3 size), that we used as part of a "living history of the fur trapping era" program that we put on for the Scouts. So this kid sets the beaver trap up behind the staff shower house, and baits it with a little pile of raisins. A few days go by and nothing happens.

Then one day, I am on my way over to the shower house, and I decide to check out the trap, to see if they had gotten lucky. Upon arriving at the trap, I saw that it had been sprung, and was covered with what looked like some kind of shiny black substance. Said shiny black substance turned out to be hundreds of flies that flew away as I approached. There was nothing caught in the trap (other than the blood that the flies were feeding on). However, perhaps a foot away, was the head and front legs of a ground squirrel. On the other side of the trap were the rear legs and tail (did I mention that a squirrel is a lot smaller than a beaver?) :barf:

Anyway, I go and tell my friend that he had finally caught a squirrel (maybe now he can make two bookmarks instead of one). I ask him what he's gonna do, since the pelt is ruined. He replies, "I'll figure something out." Later that night, I find that he had cut off the feet and tail, had wrapped the bloody ends with sinew, and had turned them into grisly little keychains (no tanning or preparation of any kind). I thought this was disgusting (to say nothing of unhygienic). After a day or two, he agreed with me (when said keychains began to grow rather, shall we say, pungent).

April 22, 2003, 12:28 AM
That one about the Great Dane is hilarious. :D

April 22, 2003, 03:26 PM
I thought so too :)
Maybe my first one makes more sense now that I added that it was racoons she was feeding on the back porch and not just "animals":rolleyes:

April 22, 2003, 06:48 PM
On one of those "animals attack" shows a guy’s kids come in the house and tell him about an animal in the flowerbed. He proceeds to get the video camera (of course the tape is what I saw) and tries to get as close as possible to a fox that is curled up in the garden. The fox is watching this fool, who has the kids trailing immediately behind him. When he gets almost to the fox he has to bend forward to keep the thing in view. The fox finally has enough of this nonsense and launches straight at the guy, who fends it off with the running camera while herding the kids toward the house. THEN it occurs to him to call animal control. I’m sure you have already guessed the fox was rabid, it apparently didn’t dawn on the guy until they told him it was.


Art Eatman
April 22, 2003, 11:26 PM
griz, are you somehow inferring that the pitiful PETA people are wrong in telling me that Bambi was a documentary?

:), Art

April 23, 2003, 03:05 AM
when HUGO hit the coast of SC there was this lady who turned her home into a tree rat foster home. even her dumbass husband was nursing the nasty little things w/ an eye dropper. meanwhile Revelations type destruction and dispair was going on all around them.

April 23, 2003, 02:25 PM
Well as I understand it Bambi was a documentary, but not all of God’s creatures have seen it yet.;)

April 28, 2003, 03:31 AM
That Great Dane story sounds like an urban legend type story. As for the PETA whacko types, well....., they are very much the truth. My favorite is one I saw on the boards here. Seems a fella hit a deer and then put the animal in his car. Darned if the deer didn't come to inside the car and raise a ruckus......:what: :D

April 28, 2003, 01:17 PM
My Wife is a vet up here in CO. We get our fair share of wacko Bambists coming in. But the best one is this lady who keeps coming in every summer with dead or nearly dead goffers. Of course they've been poisioned and her dog brings them over from the neighbors yard into her yard.

She will spend any amount of money to try and save these little darling goffers. At first my wife was reluctant but after much insistance on the ladies part she started taking them in.

Of course the mortality rate on a poisioned dog eaten goffer is about 100% but gosh at a couple of hundred bucks a pop.....

Well lets just say if the PETA types want to blow thier cash on this type of foolishness we are more than happy to accomidate.;)

April 28, 2003, 02:39 PM
Lady in our neighborhood feeds the raccoons and possums. Cat food, my wife says.

Raccoons and possums get into my garden pond and trip my alarm.

Result--MORE perforated and dead varmints than if the lady just saved her money.

April 28, 2003, 03:23 PM
I wouldn't beleive the great dan story either, except my sister is a high school teacher and seemed to either know the kid that did it or someone that knows him :confused:

Mark Tyson
May 4, 2003, 10:31 PM
My friend's father in law lives in Maryland. Hunting laws are very strict, and he was not allowed to shoot deer which were destroying his crops. He figured he couldn't shoot the deer, but he could do just about anything else to them. He mixed up some Molotov cocktails and started hurling them at the deer whenever they ventured onto his property. Why he is not in jail is a mystery to me.

And yes, he actually killed at least one deer that way.

May 7, 2003, 09:25 PM
PETA = People For The Eating Of Tasty Animals
I have a T shirt that has that on it. I am sure that would get some PETA members tore up.

May 7, 2003, 09:44 PM
Molatov cocktails :what: Interesting approach, similar to the old garden hose+gas can=dead ground hog approach :D I think I'd personally go for a safer faster approach though.

I'm a member of People for The Eating of Tasty Animals too. The vegan crowd usually gets a tad upset when I use that line on them :D

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