I killed a duck today...
It was very strange. We were riding along in our tiny gray oxymoron car at about 100km and I saw a big colorful bird ahead in the road. In the opposing lane of traffic was a big truck and several cars following it. The truck approached, but the duck didn't move. I beeped my horn and the duck flew up and I immediately thought, thank goodness, that was clo...s...e........and the crazy bird did a boomerang, 180 degree turn swooping back down toward the road and plowed into the front grill of our car. I remember thinking as I saw it turn around, "what a beautiful bird" and the immediate next thought was "NNNOOOOOOOOOOO!" It had a mainly white head with a gold band of feathers around its neck. All of this happened in about 1.2 seconds.
Fuck, fuck fuck. I know it was an accident, but it broke my heart to look into the rear view mirror and see its broken body on the road, feathers separated from its body, flying in and around the cars. I had already been slowing down and pulled over as soon as I could after shouting a few good "fucks" while hitting the steering wheel with my palms. I needed a minute or two to dilute the adrenaline in my blood and to re-live it in my head a few thousand times. Poor thing. Hubby thinks it could have been sick or even a pet because it didn't react to the truck which was 10 times the size of our car, yet it flew up when I beeped my horn. Weird.
It's also the third time in my life that the same thing has happened. The first time was with a squirrel that ran right under my car, the second time was a small dog which did the same thing and ran away limping while I tried to follow it on foot, but it disappeared. Each event was equally horrific.
Oh, and it was the second day in a row that a bird flew right at me, within a meter of me.
Have any of you ever hit or ran over an animal accidently?