This Pigeon Must Have Nine Lives ..
Was at the duck pond park late yesterday afternoon and spotted
a pigeon all by itself and standing on the base of the large sign
that carries the name of the park. This was one of those deals
where something just didn't seem to be right, so I approached
the bird, and it tried to run away from me. It would run a few
feet, fall forward, try to flap, and then run again.
I wasn't able to catch it by hand so got the long handled pole
net and tried again. After one failed attempt, the bird made
a valiant effort and managed to get about four feet off the ground
and headed across Ridge Route Drive (4 lanes of busy traffic
and a median strip). It made it across and up to the top of
a block wall enclosing the backyard of a home. I went across
and made one more failed attempt to net the bird .. at this
point it dropped down into the yard.
I made a mad dash to the van and drove into the residential
area and was very fortunate that the owner of the house was
home and willing to look for the bird. I was watching through
a wrought iron gate as she left her house and went into the yard ..
I just about fainted when 3 very large boxer dogs can trundling after
her. I suggested that she put the dogs back in the house, but
she was unable to get them to go in. A quick search of the
yard did not locate the bird, and I was ready to leave when she
suddenly spotted it well hidden in some dense foliage. She
kindly let me in, and I was able to get the bird while being
closely scrutinized by the dogs.
This is one lucky pigeon .. most likely survived a hawk attack,
then survived the crossing of Ridge Route Drive, and then
missed getting found by the three big dogs .. There is a large
wound to the lower chest/upper abdomen and smaller wounds under
each wing. I think this one will make a full recovery .. pics at
http://www.rims.net/2005Mar21, but they are not pretty.
One lucky bird!! Its wounds look nasty!!
I was eating supper until I saw the pictures.
Good Luck Terry!!
What are we?
People call us monsters because we work at an animal shelter and have to put down hundreds of animals each year.
But if we're the monster, then what would you call the people who are truely responsible for all these animals' suffering and eventually...their deaths?