It will often happen in the course of your life that you will need to attack animals, whether because of self-defense, the nature of your work, or their food-like nature. And, just as often, you will find that you have an army of children at your beck and call, for reasons too obvious to mention. Surprisingly, very little advice exists on how to manage these situations in tandem.
What are you even doing, Internet?
As Cracked's resident expert on these types of matters, I decided to retire to the crystal-lined cave where I do all my serious thinking and focus my mental energies on the problem. Here are the results.
#6. Equipping The Children
Children are incredibly weak and stand little chance when put in a combat situation with a vicious animal. As you are for unexplained reasons responsible for several children but are also not a monster, you're going to have to be aware of this when deploying them. Leave no child behind.
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"Take a knee, team; I've got some safety stuff to go through first."
First, obviously, make sure everyone is wearing something with long sleeves. Helmets are also good if you've got them, but they can get expensive if you're equipping a large army of children. Don't go out of your way here; if you have any lying around, go ahead and distribute them as best you see fit. Otherwise, don't sweat it.
In terms of weaponry, children already have sharp little fingers and teeth, which will suffice for our needs. Equipping them with weapons will increase their DPS but also greatly increases the risk of self-injury. Even the simplest of edged weapons is difficult for a child to wield properly, and the same can be said for non-edged weapons, blunt weapons, and perfectly spherical weapons.
#5. Training The Children
Your great advantage when attacking animals with an army of children is that children are almost human, and so are potentially capable of large-scale coordination. To do this properly would require training, which is, frankly, a chore. Instead we're going to use yelling, the prince of all parenting/combat leadership skills.
"PICK UP THOSE LEGOS, BRAYDON."
Here you'll need to assess the size of your army. Yelling works fine for coordinating small groups of children, but if your army grows past a certain point, you'll need trusted subordinates to carry out your will when you're not present.
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Children respect strength and height and shiny things, so for your lieutenants you should pick large children and then equip them with a token of your favor. A conch shell is the classic choice, but anything bright and shiny will do, including a flashlight, wristwatch, or wadded ball of aluminum foil.
#4. Shushing The Children
One problem you'll have with attacking animals with children is that the animals won't want anything to do with you. All animals naturally avoid large groups of children, sensing the deceit that lies within them.
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Position your children downwind if possible to conceal their treacherous hearts.
This means you're going to have to sneak up on the animals. Unfortunately, this isn't something children are great at doing. Although individually any child is proficient at sneaking, en masse, their clumsiness and stinkiness will give away your plot long before the animals get within biting and pinching range.
"I smell Fudgsicles and death."
To counter this, you're going to have to use some form of an ambush where you can conceal and quiet the children somehow. Here, most experts are unified in their recommendation: screen time. Several muted iPads will pacify your army until the time is right to pacify the enemy.
#3. Baiting The Animals
With your ambush laid, you'll need to lure animals to you. Although a group of children smells of crackers and danger, a sole child smells delicious. By placing your main force of children downwind of the ambush site and tying a single, delicious-smelling child to a stake in the middle of it, you'll lure animals to the doom which you've correctly and prudently decided they deserve.
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"Stop struggling, Braydon."
What makes a child smell delicious? Fear, obviously, which will come about naturally when you tie one to a stake in a secluded area. Make sure this one has short sleeves so that fear can seep out. Then, to get the child to make the small squealing noises that are notorious for attracting animals, ask the child to be quiet, a command they are incapable of following.
One final note: You don't want anything to actually happen to this child, vis-a-vis devouring, because the law say that's illegal. But everything up until then -- yelling, helmet-denying, tying to a stake -- is just fine.
"That's such a bad law. We need to change that."