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Saving a seagull

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I was signing in this morning and some student ran up to me in the office and said there's an injured bird, he was sent to get me. (I'm an ART teacher, not science or anything!) Anyway, I told him I had to speak with the principal and I'd be right there.

So I get to my classroom, two minutes later, and there's a laughing gull right at my door - being guarded by a crowd of students and two school monitors in a police golf cart. Yup, police golf cart!

I explained to the kids that the last time I picked up an injured gull, the animal shelter had to call the parks department, because these are a protected species - so that they really needed to stop throwing rocks at animals, they could actually go to jail for injuring an animal. (Middle school boys aren't ready for the esoteric discussion of abstract morality.) Anyway, I got a box and a towel, one kid gently picked up the bird and put him in the box, he's currently on a desk. I'm trying to get in touch with either the national parks office, or the animal shelter, so I can find out who can care for this bird. I'll call my vet in a few minutes if I can't get anyone else.

All this before 8 AM.
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    You are so awesome! Wow!
    2142 days ago
    Good Story
    2142 days ago
    I finally called my vet, who said I needed to contact Fish & Wildlife - a division of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

    I talked to someone at Fish & Wildlife (FINALLY, at 8:30!!!), they said bring in Mr Gull - so I found better box, made air holes, transferred Mr G, put a cloth over the top (I taped the lid pieces to extend the sides, so the bird wouldn't jump out in my car). Called the office so they'd know I was out. Put a note on the door for my one 7th grader (the 8th graders are at roll call, finding out who is being promoted and who is valedictorian and salutatorian) - got an okay from BFF teacher next door to hold that one student for me.

    Carried Mr Gull in box out to my car - set him on the seat - talked to him soothingly all the way to Fish & Wildlife, which is only about 2 or 3 miles from our school, and easy to find.

    I walked in with the box, said good morning (important here) and I was bringing in an injured gull - the ladies all looked at me and each other and said "Karen." Apparently Karen and I are kindred spirits, she's the animal caretaker - so one lady took the box, I thanked her, they all thanked me, I thanked them, I left.

    So Mr Gull is in good hands - and he's quite feisty and kept snapping at me when I moved him, so I think if they can fix his wing he'll be just fine.

    Don't you love a happy ending?
    2142 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/6/2012 9:22:01 AM
    It's obvious how great your students feel you are. It may be a lot before 8 a.m., but what a great feeling you should get from knowing that your students think of you beyond your OFFICIAL title. emoticon

    I hope all goes well with the early morning rescue!
    2142 days ago
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