I think that everyone needs to have the experience of trying to help under these circumstances. Yes, most often you are not going to succeed when you mess with mother nature. But I think it is a lesson kids need to learn; that it is important to do the right thing, even when you aren't successful in the long run. That compassion is important. As stupid as it may sound to some of you, children do need to try their best with their best intentions and still fail. That is what happens when they get out in the real world, and that sort of "failure" is not a negative on their part, but a positive, a learning experience. On the "mother nature" aspect of it, it is a way to learn that when you mess with mother nature, you pay the price eventually. We've taken dogs under our wings for so many years -- millenia, actually -- that they are not a part of nature any more. When you choose to make a wild creature into a pet, you are forever destroying it for life in the wild, therefore, it becomes your responsibility. Some times you have to learn it the hard way.