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Our Sunday adventure...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hi all!

I had an experience yesterday I wanted to tell you all about.
My daughter and I drive about 35 minutes to a restaurant we like to go to on Sunday afternoon for lunch most every Sunday.
Well yesterday we went to do the same thing and we were about 5-7 minutes from this restaurant when I noticed by the meridian, a small animal with what appeared to be feathers blowing when the car in front of us passed by it. It almost looked like the animal was trying to start in to the road, but had got blown back to the meridian where it started which only amounted to a couple of inches. I told my daughter about it, and I wasn't sure what I saw, but we decided to turn around and check it out, because neither of our conscious' would be cleared until we knew what it was, and if it needed help, and if we didn't help it. So we turned around and went back.
Lo and behold it was a small black bird and it must have had an injured wing or both were injured. I waited until no cars were coming, and I ran to the middle of the road knowing full well by now that it was a bird. I red pickup was coming up and stopped because I was in the road, trying to pick up this bird, but he kept trying to fly and would only jump a little and end up falling on to the pavement and I was only a couple of inches up off the pavement carrying him, so he didn't fall far. It was hard to hold him in my hands to keep him from falling out because he was trying so desperately to fly.
Well, this nice man in the pickup watched, and waited until I got the bird off the road. I waved to him because I appreciated that he waited, and was not impatient even though it was 'just a little bird'.
Once we got the bird on the shoulder of the road, we had to figure out what we had in the car that we could put the bird in to transport it since leaving him on the side of the road he would just be left to die, since he could no longer get food and would either get run over or starve to death which were not options for this bird. We had a plastic bag in the car that we could put it in, and my daughter held the bag while I drove, and made sure the bird had plenty of ventilation figuring it was a plastic bag!
We then got on the IPHONE and found the nearest animal hospital which was about 10 to 12 minutes away. We then got there and my worst fears were true, as they couldn't treat any wild birds due to state law, yada, yada, yada. They did give us numbers to the PA game and wildlife.

We called the first number and they could help us, but we were 45 minutes away. As I was talking to this guy on the phone he was telling me they could take it, and they do have a vet that could see it, but was not on the premises. He was telling me his address to their office so we could put it in the IPHONE and get the directions when my daughter loudly says, "Mom, he's bleeding" and she started crying real hard. (She is such a softie, and a real animal lover like me). I looked in the bag, and I told the guy that the bird was bleeding, and he said, "Is it a lot?" and I said "Yes, I guess for a bird", and I said to my daughter, "Is he still moving?" and she said "barely". I relayed the message to the guy on the phone. I said "Is he having a heart attack?" and he said either that or a blood clot and it is bleeding out" and he said, "What you should do now is get some thing like a shoe box, and put it in there, and just let him go, because it will never make the trip here". I said "Ok, thank you", and I hung up. By this time my heart just dropped because there was nothing I could do for this poor little thing, but let it die.


I looked in the bag before seeing the bleeding and I saw his eyes opening and closing a couple of times. My daughter had seen his mouth opening and closing a couple of times too. I truly believe it had a heart attack.

I thought of my wonderful sparkfriend BEFIT013 from the time I first saw this bird hoping I could have had the great outcome she had in her blog, but unfortunately, my situation didn't prove a success like hers.


I then called the guy back after we settled down, and felt a little better, and he said he didn't believe that the bird would have lived even if we would have gone straight to their office from when we picked the bird up, because I figured we wasted precious time hitting the dead end by going to the animal hospital, but that only took about 17 to 20 minutes before the bird died from when we picked it up until it died.


Here is the beautiful story my awesome sparkfriend BEFIT013, Michele told of her incident.


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SPARKFRAN514 9/20/2013 12:50PM

    emoticon that you stopped and tried to help not many people would have gone to the care and concern you had for that little bird. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 9/18/2013 5:18PM

    You and your daughter are awesome for what you did.
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PIMPINELLAN50 9/17/2013 6:10PM

    I somehow came upon you blog,You and your daughter did a beautiful thing in trying to help /save this poor little bird.Sorry that he did't make it. emoticon
You got him away from the busy road and did everything you possibly could. emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 9/17/2013 9:56AM

    You do a wonderful thing. And your story brought tears to my eyes. (Your daughter and I would get along really well!) As an animal lover, thank you for being there. emoticon

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SWDESERTLOVER 9/17/2013 9:37AM

    I'm so sorry that it didn't make it, but you were kind enough to stop and help as best you could. You should take some comfort in knowing that at least it did not die on the side of a busy road, but instead with you and your daughter who cared for it.

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GODS_TEMPLE 9/16/2013 11:11PM

    Thanks for sharing your sad story, and for directing me to Michele's blog. That was an amazing thing you tried to do. So sorry it didn't turn out better.

I once rescued some baby possums. The dog next door attacked the mother who then died in my yard...but the babies survived in her pouch. I tracked down a family who would raise them til they could fend for themselves, then release them on their property in the country.

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CLPURNELL 9/16/2013 11:06PM

    Awww. Sorry it didn't turn out well but it is awesome you stopped and helped!

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MOTLEM 9/16/2013 9:19PM

    So sad, but kudos to you and DD for your efforts. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2013 8:48PM

    Awwwww, so sad that despite your and your DD's best efforts the little bird died, but as was said, at least it wasn't alone, it wasn't hit by another car, it was at least safe. **SIGH** It's sad. Birds are so susceptible to heart attacks though it seems. I had a parakeet who had one. Didn't live, but that's what happened.

HUGS to you and your DD for caring enough to try!

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2ABBYNORMAL 9/16/2013 6:14PM

    You and your daughter are precious.
My girlfriend and I worked downtown and occasionally we would find injured birds or it seems just plain lost youngsters. We would always get a box and carry them to Cathedral Square (a small park downtown) and place it in the lower bushes so that hopefully they would survive.
One time a lost dog followed me from my car to where I worked. At first, I was fearful because it was a large dog and it's tongue was hanging out like it didn't have water or food for a long time. Apparently, I must have reminded him of his owner because I told him to sit while I went inside Dunkin Doughnuts to get a bowl of water. Then he followed me to work and wouldn't leave me. A co-worker called for Animal Protection to pick him up. I was so sad as I started to love this dog, but I already had a dog at home and 2 would be too many.
I always prayed the dog found a good home.
I'm glad that it was you and your daughter who took care of the bird in it's final stages.
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BIGPAWSUP 9/16/2013 5:55PM

    You are a glorious person for even trying.

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/16/2013 3:16PM

    That was so sweet of you.!

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/16/2013 1:51PM

    I am crying since, like your daughter, I also love animals. Oh that poor little thing! But its last few minutes were spent in the car, safe, and not in the middle of the road where another car could have run her over. Oh, what a sweet story and I love it! In a world of electronics and speed, it is wonderful to slow down and be with nature, God bless you for sharing such a great story. emoticon emoticon
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JACKIE542 9/16/2013 12:14PM

    So nice of you for trying to help! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/16/2013 11:36AM

    Quite the bird stories.

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BRENDA_G50 9/16/2013 11:31AM

    At least you tried. That's more than a lot of people would take time to do. emoticon

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MEH50BEWELL 9/16/2013 11:22AM

    You are both so kind to even get involved and try to help this hurt bird. Not too many people would take the time. In his last few moments he was in the arms of some very caring people.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/16/2013 11:03AM

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WALLAHALLA 9/16/2013 11:00AM

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TWEETYKC00 9/16/2013 10:52AM

    It is too bad you couldn't save the poor little guy, but you tried. At least he didn't die a bad death on the road.

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KIMPY225 9/16/2013 10:41AM

    That was so nice of you and your daughter to try and help the animal.
Depending on where you live in PA, you could contact AARK Wildllife if you find another animal. They are located in Chalfont, PA (about an hour from me). They are a great place!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/16/2013 10:23AM

    Your did your best and got the poor bird off the road. It sounds like it was terminal. It would have been much worse had it got hit by a car again. emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 9/16/2013 10:21AM

    How heartbreaking. But you did everything you could. Hugs to you and your daughter!

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BEFIT014 9/16/2013 10:02AM

    Aww...the thing is you & your daughter TRIED. You two at least made the attempt. And I am SURE the little bird knew that. At least he didn't have to die alone.

As Mahatma Gandhi said "“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Bless you, my friend, for helping.

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MILLISMA 9/16/2013 9:59AM

    So glad that you went back to get the poor little thing. At least it was with someone who cared and not just on the side of the road. Sorry that he/she didn't make it but happy it didn't die alone.

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1EMMA2011 9/16/2013 9:58AM

    What a beautiful story. The bird was with you and you are very kind!

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ALICIALYNNE 9/16/2013 9:52AM

    Sorry that you couldn't save the bird.

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IDLETYME 9/16/2013 9:48AM

    That is a beautiful story. We are supposed to take care of the weak - human or animal. That's our job. The story your friend sent about the eagle is wonderful. There are nice people in this world (even we don't hear much about them). Thanks for sharing these! Hugs, Nancy emoticon

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