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Why is roadkill always on the side of the road? Do people drive up onto the shoulder to hit animals? Animals always seem to end up either on the center line or to the sides of the road. Is there some mechanism that I don't understand that nudges animals away from the lanes of traffic whenever people drive by?
Today i witnessed a scene...it gave me a lot to think about. i was walking our dogs down my street. there's one house in particular where a family of cats lives, and a cheeky little boy who once shouted, 'keep your dogs away from my cats!' as i approached i saw this little 6th grade boy start to walk across the street (not a busy street, although cars do tend to speed). the strange thing was that this kid was walking very slooooowly.
KER-SPLAT! he got hit.
that's a lie, but it makes the rest of my story easier to tell. anyway...not following his gaze, i thought he was just afraid of the dogs. he stopped at the far side of the road. i'm still confused. as i pass him i realize that there is a big gray cat lying in the grass DEAD and covered in flies. the kid starts quietly crying to himself. the person i'm with says, 'ooohhh...' in a sad tone as she kept walking. i wanted to go back and comfort the boy, but we didn't...probably because hungry dogs and dead cats don't go together very well. i looked back to make sure the kid atleast got out of the road and i saw him crying in the driveway. tonight's probably the saddest night of his little 11-year-old life, and he'll be a stronger person tomorrow because of it. the end.