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Does your family like the same animals as you?
My family is very aversive to animals. They have this "I like looking at them but I won't keep one" point of view. My mom always told me not to be one of those "dirty people with tons of animals".
Here I am with my ferret, two rats, dog, turtle, cat, and iguana.
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>be driving home from work
>enter the neighborhood
>make a left turn
>OMFG a dog out of nowhere
>intermediately park the car and run towards the dog
>see a woman standing next to the dog
>think she's gonna give me shit for hitting the dog
>she's calm but sad
>the dog... him sleepy
>tell her I'm sorry and that I didn't mean to do that
>she says it's ok, she saw what happened
>she's on the phone
>the doggy, it throws up blood ;-;
>I ask her if there's anything I could do
>she tells me to bring the dog over across the road, next to the train tracks
>she goes to her house and tells me to wait
>i run to my car
>turn off the engine and go back to the doggy
>woman comes with a small, really small SHOVEL
>OH FUCK SHE CAN'T BE SERIOUS
>i keep apologizing while she's on the phone
>i start digging, and she says on the phone "The murdered is digging the grave"
>cars are passing by as I dig
>I dig a hole big enough and cover the dog
>She says "I hope it doesn't rain and uncovers it"
>Me: "I hope it doesn't come back from the grave during Halloween..."
>She: "He will and will ask you why you killed him"
>I apologize one more time and make a run for the car
She was cool with it, but she said her kids were going to miss the puppy... I still feel horrible. I don't know what to do, she didn't ask anything else from me, but I can't help but think about the poor doggy. I would like to buy a dog for them, but the dog looked expensive and I don't have much money... I love all animals, but they might not want a dog that isn't expensive.
tl;dr I ran over a dog, owner was cool 'cause it was the dog's fault, but I feel like an asshole. What should I do?
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I've been doing some research, but I'm sure some of you might be able to provide information I'll be unable to find easily, so here goes...
So, it appears that some species - even some primates - are capable of self-aborting a pregnancy if conditions aren't right, whether it be due to the appearance of a new male (Bruce effect), resources are not optimal (fetal resorption as seen in bears) or there is something wrong with the offspring (fetal resorption in some species of dogs).
This brings some questions to mind, namely...
1) How aware of this are the animals themselves? Is it merely a bio-chemical reaction taking place spontaneously (ie, the introduction - in the case of male pheromones - or imbalance - in the case of lacking resources/abnormal offspring - of a biochemical signaler resulting in further biochemical reactions that result in self-abortion), or do the animals themselves have some capacity to recognize circumstances at hand and activate a response?
2) In either case noted in 1, but particularly the former biochemical approach, would it be possible to engineer a human application, thus ridding humanity of the need for external surgical abortive techniques? Is this effectively what the morning-after pill does?
I'd rather not see this get into a debate on the morality of such a thing, and am merely focused on the possibility of its application.
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As a long time member of /an/ I would like to say that I love you guys. And, as I am trying to get into the sport of free diving, I thought you m/an/iacs might be keen for a thread.
Clearly freediving is /an/ related and I don't really feel like trying to get /sp/ involved (although they are free to join this thread). This is a thread for training tips, apnea limits, competition achievements and freediving stories.
Also, posting this drunk, wearing my diving mask while running 02 tables.