An unidentified cadet at West Point, no doubt an animal lover, was just trying to do the right thing when his act of kindness went horribly wrong. Apparently, a mouse had taken up residency in his barrack. He finally trapped the little guy he called Whiskers and transported him via trash can to an open field. He then released the critter, telling it “good luck.” Unfortunately for the mouse, this happened:
The video went viral on Reddit, and many commenters called it a fake, but many more defended the video as authentic, pointing out that you can actually see the mouse (or small rat) scamper across the pathway to the area where the hawk picked it up.
One commenter said, “This is definitely real. I personally know the guy and saw his Facebook comments about a mouse in his barracks room for the past couple of days, concluding with a final status update about a hawk swooping in to snatch the mouse just moments after he had released it. Amazingly, they caught it on video. This was filmed at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.”
“I feel relieved that he’s not going to wake me up in my bed and crawl on my leg,” the Good Samaritan says on the video. “It’s kinda sad, it’s got to know me…”
At that moment, the cadet turns around and watches in dismay as the hawk snatches the mouse and flies away.
“Oh no. Oh no. Nooooo. Are you kidding me? He didn’t last five minutes. I’m a terrible person.”
As they say, no good deed goes unpunished. But wait, there’s another way to look at this: One might say he was a Good Samaritan for feeding the hawk.