If you were stranded in the wilderness, your supplies gone, and you were about to starve to death, could you kill your best friend? That's the heartbreaking dilemma one man faced when he found himself trapped in the Canadian wilderness with no food. At the beginning of his planned three month trek, Marco Lavoie, who was hiking with his best pal, his dog, had his camp rations and canoe destroyed by a bear. But his faithful pooch saved his life by chasing the bear off. He would be "rewarded" three days later by having his own life taken -- by his beloved owner.
Starving, his body shutting down, Lavoie made the gut-wrenching decision to take his pooch's life and eat him. He reportedly killed him with a rock. Survival experts say it's the only way he could have possibly survived. One told the Toronto Sun:
He survived because he made good decisions. Eating his dog was one of them. You have to be desperate, but there's no shame in [eating the dog]. He had to use reason.
Experts said by the time he killed his dog, his body was probably devouring itself with hunger. When he was found by rescuers after three months in the woods, he had lost half his body weight, was suffering from hypothermia, and couldn't speak. He is currently in the hospital.
This is definitely a decision I would not want to make. My pets are like my family, and I simply could not imagine eating my family. However, when you are starving to death, you're not really thinking. You go into survival mode, and experts say that means you will eat just about anything, including slugs and bugs.
What a terrible thing this man went through having to eat his faithful pooch, the one who saved his life from a bear. It would make an interesting movie though. Only the dog would have to come back to life somehow!
Could you ever eat your pet?
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