Friday, July 25, 2014

the bird whisperer

R loves animals... and almost all animals love her. She is so sweet and non-threatening, that creatures just seem to be drawn to her...

Take this fledgling, for example...



R found him mostly drowned in the water trough.... When she pulled him out of the trough he was limp and lifeless, mouth open looking for air, coughing and choking.

She wrapped him in a towel and carried him around as he started to breathe again... He was alive, but barely and shaking like crazy.

She dried him, sat in the sun with him (on a 95 degree day!) and as long as she held him he was quiet and calm (although still shaking) but each time she tried to set him down he started squawking and making a huge fuss.  Eventually he calmed down though, and before long he was strong enough to stand....



... and even flutter his wings a bit.



Finally, after more than an hour...



...he had recovered enough to fly away.

R watched him go, proud of "her" baby...



... and proud of herself for saving him.

I hope R is able to work as a helper to our large animal vet... She wants to, and they have said to contact them in the fall when more volunteer positions open up... I'm keeping my finger's crossed, it would be such a perfect fit for her.


2 comments:

Renee Nefe said...

That sounds like the perfect job for R. I pray that she's able to secure that job.

My friend's daughter is autistic and they were able to get her a job at a dog groomer who has been teaching her how to groom dogs. It's a great fit as she deals with animals much better than humans. (shoot! I don't blame her one bit. Dogs are simple compared to humans!) ;)

SteveC said...

She does have a way with animals. I'm sure she'll have a career with animals somehow.
Their interaction was brief but it would be brilliant if somehow the bird remembers and comes back for a visit.