I'm cat sitting and was stunned today when the cat raced into the house with a FLAPPING BABY BIRD in her mouth.
Holy cow! What was I supposed to do? I wanted to run screaming "EWWW!" from the room, but knew I needed to get that bird away.
This is the kind of situation you want for your characters: They MUST make a decision either one way or the other, & there's no way out.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Don't run like a pansy and let the cat run the show. The main character must take charge & make pro-active decisions.
(Yes, I did get the baby bird away. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done & it passed to Shady Acres soon thereafter.)