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Scary [Jul. 26th, 2003|05:48 pm]
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Today the parking brake went out on our car while it was on a steep hill by the wildlife refuge, and we were in it at the time. Luckily Holly remembered about the emergency brake before the car went off the cliff! I'm still in shock from it. And the scariest part is I automatically got myself out of the car and didn't even think about anyone else. What would I have done if I had watched them go off the cliff? I would never forgive myself for not saving them.
My question is: do any of you think I'm evil for only taking care of myself? Or is that what usually happens to people when instinct kicks in?

In a lighter note, I got to show Crystal, Holly, and her baby Cristopher the wildlife center today. They got to see most of the animals (of course they didn't go into any of the aggressive animals' enclosures), and they got to see Arial (the merlin) and Oscar (the screech owl) again, both of whom seem to be their favorites. Personally, I can't decide who I like better out of the animals there, which is probably a good thing.
About half of the rehab animals got released in the last couple weeks, so now there's not much to do there. I cleaned out Pockets the pocket gopher's cage, fed a robin, and watched while we tried to get a barn owl to perch on a glove so we could take a picture of his leg. The leg had been broken and had healed in the wrong place, giving a him crooked leg, so the center will have to find him a different center in which to live permanently.
Oh yeah--there's a litter of five tiny baby opossums, and we made a cardboard box into a house for them, which they only come out of occaisonnaly for food. Anyway, I had a great time back at the wildlife center (my mom's car, the same car that almost killed us today, broke down last weekend so I couldn't go).
Well, I hope everybody's having a great weekend, and also that nothing like today's incident happens to any of you.

[User Picture]From: burasama
2003-07-27 01:13 am (UTC)
It's an instinct. When in danger, people want to save themselves first.
There's nothing evil about it.

I'm glad you had such a good time at the wildlife center. It sounds like a nice place.
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2003-07-27 01:52 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot--it makes me feel better to know that I'm not evil, and that it's what most people do.
Yeah, the wildlife center is a great place. I love volunteering there.
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From: treepatter
2003-07-27 01:20 am (UTC)
You just followed your natural instinct. Anyone who would've done differently is either superhuman or suicidal.
I'm very relieved to know that you're okay.
Hope the rest of your weekend is incident free!
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2003-07-27 01:48 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot--that makes me feel a lot better to know that it was a natural response.
And thank you--I hope your weekend is incident-free, too. It's also good to know that my friends care.
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[User Picture]From: misssc
2003-07-27 12:49 pm (UTC)
You're not evil at all. What you did was very natural for anyone. It's just a survival thing kicking in. I'm glad to hear that your ok; I can imagine how scary it was. One time when I was coming home from a trip with my mom and sister we had pulled over and then the car wouldn't start. We later found out the timing chain had broke. They told us if it had happened when we were driving that it would have caused us to lose control of the car on the busy interstate. I don't like cars all that much (because they pollute and I think they are very dangerous) My dad just doesn't get it when I tell him I'd rather walk everywhere I can.

I wish we had a wildlife center around here. I would love to work/volunteer at a place like that.
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2003-07-27 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot--with everyone telling me that what I did wasn't evil, a feel better about myself. I'm glad that you were okay that time too.
I don't like cars either, and am afraid to learn how to drive because I'm afraid of getting into an accident. Walking's great--it's a lot better for yourself and the environment.
I'm really sorry you don't have a wildlife center nearby. I really hope one will open near you someday--they save so many lives and are a great experience.
I hope you have a good week, and thanks for the comment.
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