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'therrrrrre's been a murrrrrrderrrrr'...is one animal killing another really murder?

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Teuch Mon 08-Sep-08 11:55:48

See here. I'm curious as to why the word 'murder' was used.

Is it just me, or is that all a bit strange?

And why do the father and son look so pleased in the photo?

NomDePlume Mon 08-Sep-08 11:57:44

Poor little thing.

Use of 'murdered' is a bit weird, I agree.

<inappropriate> Lol @ the father and son grinning like fools in the picture

UnquietDad Mon 08-Sep-08 12:01:18

I suspect foul play. Or at least some kind of nefarious porpoise.

Teuch Mon 08-Sep-08 12:07:03

grin

Is it not enough that we have to be terrified of knife-wielding yoofs and the fact that our biscuit barrell is worth more than our homes?

Now we have to worry about murderous dolphins for whom we hold such affection for?

Teuch Mon 08-Sep-08 12:08:17

(grammar has deserted me in my terror)

please delete one 'for' as appropriate! grin

MrsStig Mon 08-Sep-08 12:11:39

It's odd that they are grinning, but I think thats' a fisherman thing, stand grinning like an idiot when holding a dead fish/porpoise.

And it doesnt' look like it's 4 ft to me, unless the people are massive. hmm

UnquietDad Mon 08-Sep-08 13:32:44

Very fishy.

fryalot Mon 08-Sep-08 13:34:45

fishy?

UnquietDad Mon 08-Sep-08 13:40:16

Yes, the scale of the offence. One might almost say done up like a kipper. If it's a hoax, people have fallen for it hook, line and sinker.

fryalot Mon 08-Sep-08 15:00:34

yeah, but fishy?

last time I checked, dolphins, porpoises and whales were all mammals

wink

UnquietDad Mon 08-Sep-08 15:01:24

All right, I was making a bad joke.

fryalot Mon 08-Sep-08 15:04:00

aaah, that's what it was!

<<<rolls about on the floor for a bit>>>

<<<wonders why she is rolling about on the floor>>>

<<<picks self up off floor and continues tidying small peoples' bedroom>>>

wink

hecate Mon 08-Sep-08 15:06:43

Well, it's just language, isn't it?

Murder is just the human term for the deliberate taking of a life, but not for food or in self defence or something, so it makes sense that humans would apply that word to other animals too if the circumstances fit. Does a cat murder a mouse when it tortures it to death for practice? Well, yes, from the human pov, it does. It takes another life on purpose. The cat doesn't see it that way, but the human interpretation is murder. Same with this. A life was taken in an act of violence, the human world calls it murder.

MrsStig Mon 08-Sep-08 16:50:08

I've been thinking about this on the school run. If a life is taken when not for food then that is murder.

I'm not sure where that leaves canibals.

VoluptuaGoodshag Mon 08-Sep-08 16:51:25

'no on ma patch'

WelliesAndPyjamas Mon 08-Sep-08 16:52:47

full, probably

FioFio Mon 08-Sep-08 16:53:29

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Jux Mon 08-Sep-08 17:09:50

I think it's a red herring.

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