The Cruel Hand of Mother Nature

By | June 27, 2008

Oh dear.

I was at the kitchen sink, as a good little housewife should be 😉 and saw a sudden flash of black under the white thorn hedge. A cat! Leaping for and seizing some prey, which of course I assumed was a bird. But it was grey and seemed a bit big for a bird. Surely not? I dashed upstairs for a better view. A rabbit! Bloody cat had managed to get a rabbit. He took a couple of seconds to control it and then nonchalantly strolled across the lawn and down the driveway holding it by the neck between its teeth. It looked heavy! I didn’t recognise the cat although we have noticed some cruising through recently. He was a blocky looking thing. Almost muscley which for a cat, is odd. I considered giving the cat a fright in case he dropped the rabbit, which may not have been dead. But….well, then I’d just have a nearly dead rabbit to deal with.

Good job he didn’t get a bird or that would a Dead Cat Walking. (My father is the Avenger of Murdered Birds).

I’m quite shocked.

8 thoughts on “The Cruel Hand of Mother Nature

  1. Andrew Lawlor

    Shocked? You’re shocked, Sarah?. You’re a country girl. You grew up surrounded by the realities of nature. You, more than most on this site, should know that life is not a Disney movie. The animals don’t all get along as they do in Babe. Cats kill things. They don’t always eat what they kill and it is this which annoys many people, but they don’t kill simply for pleasure either, as some people would have it. So a large cat killed a rabbit. Not really a shocking event.

    When I was running a business selling meat at farmers markets I was constantly dismayed at the gulf between people’s idea of how animals should be raised and killed for food and the reality of farming. A lady asked once, ‘How are your animals killed?’ I simply assured her that they did not die if natural causes and left it at that. She decided to shop elsewhere. Nature is what it is and it is quite normal for cats to kill birds and other small animals. You may be shocked, but I am shocked that yiou are shocked.

  2. pete

    As a tough country-dweller, such things should be quite natural to you.

    I know a couple of country cats who don’t get fed during “baby rabbit season”, because they find it so easy to feed themselves. I’ve watched one of them kill a baby rabbit, use one claw to skillfully remove the intestines, then eat the rest of the rabbit, bones, fur and all.

    I was a bit puzzled recently to discover that Irish vegetarians still eat chicken and fish. If they’re avoiding red meat for health reasons fair enough, but if they’re doing it for moral reasons, I really can’t see any moral difference between killing a cow and killing a fish.

  3. graham

    Sarah, you should be delighted with that cat, every rabbit dead is one less to eat your hard work in the garden.
    Cats, more than any other domesticated (if you really consider them such) animals have great instincts and are highly skilled hunters, even if kept fat with *insert popular named brand cat food*.

    I know people get annoyed at them for killing things that they neither have need or want to eat, but for a cat, killing that bird/mouse/rabbit is the most natural response to the stimulus that presented itself to them.

    You should be happy that you have some extra help in controlling the rabbit population.

  4. John Keyes

    Ara Sarah come on, this is nature. I’m shocked by the amount of road kill, that’s unnatural, people tend to think of that as par for the course though.

  5. Sarah Post author

    Well, yes I have witnessed death. Even of animals with whom I was on first name terms. I often saw cats with a bird. But a rabbit? It was almost the size of the cat.

    I’m not shocked that bad things happen to cute if destructive animals. But… was kinda gory.

  6. Darren Prior

    Speaking of the above my dog died the other day which was sad. He was intelligent unlike some “stupid dogs.” We knew he was old though and unwell towards the end so I had visualised him dying and how I would feel so his death did not come as a huge surprise and I was able to take it.

    Dogs are loyal. A lot of people sadly aren’t.

  7. Gordon Davies

    Gardeners grow lots of greenery to feed the rabbits, which then go so well in a stew with the the home produced vegetables. That cat is a competitor – he just ate a potential lunch.

    So, until we get over our cultutral hangups and start eating cats, the feline race should be considered as a rather nasty predator that kills for fun, and decimates the local song bird population. As you may have gathered I am not a fan.

    Unless someone has a good recipe…


    On our cultural hangups – Ireland produces the world’s best horseflesh – then sells it ot the French, and imports second rate Brazilian beef§ Discuss

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