Wow, Susanna!! I'm exactly the same way, I can't read most animals books because the ending is almost always sad, and I can't handle animals being hurt or dying. I never even saw Old Yeller as a kid, my mother knew it would freak me out. Well, since quail don't live that long, you know how the book will end, but it's really worth reading to see how intelligent quail are. Just skip the last chapter.