Originally Posted by Beacon80
You can feed him the pie instead of the meat. The game will give you no indication that you've just made a fatal decision.
Do you really need the game to tell you that feeding meat to a starving eagle is better than feeding it custard pie?
Anyway, there is an indication: you don't get any points if you feed him the pie; you get 3 if you feed him the meat.
As there's usually a basis in the context of the puzzle for determining what you did wrong, I don't see how the "doing something wrong" kind of dead-end is any worse, let alone much worse, than the "forgetting an item" kind. In fact, I'm not sure there's any difference between the two -- haven't you done something wrong either way?