Ladies and gents,
Sadly on Christmas Day my kids pet polecat managed somehow to escape his hutch/enclosure. He's a 6 year old male neutered polecat who is as you expect being a regularly handled pet, tame. We have hunted high and low (we live in a mainly urban area) but have not been able to find him.
However this morning a lady who lives on our street arrived at my door both furious and upset. She and her family have returned from Christmas away to find their childrens pet rabbit and chickens dead in their garden by some sort of animal attack. Now there is a nature reserve literally 50m away and I watch foxes regularly exit the reserve for a nights foraging in the gardens before returning home in the reserves dense thickets. I admit it seems bloody coincidental that this has happened after years of no problems and I therefore cannot rule out the chance that it was my polecat.
My girlfriend and I have decided to therefore pay the cost of the replacement animals to the family. However I don't want to open myself up to any legal unpleasantness (not that any such threats have been made thus far).
I'd love some third party insight as to how to play this?!
All the best