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Posted 3rd January 2006, 10:05 AM
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Country: United States
Location: In Nebraska a place called Tooterville
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Tooter Is Missing In Action


Hello everyone,

At 1:55pm on New Years Eve, a tragedy in our household happened just minutes before I had to leave for work.

It was a balmy, sunny day here in Omaha Nebraska, a perfect day for my pigeon, Tooter to get some good flight time and sunshine while I was out doors doing some odds and ends. I was preparing to bring Tooter indoors for the day, as rain was in the forcast, and I stepped into the kitchen, just 12 steps away from his large cage, to get some fresh seed, and I heard a comotion outside. For a split second, I thought he found himself a girlfriend and thought of the King pigeon I had recently read about. It was not a pigeon and I knew that Tooter was in trouble. I ran outdoors and the large bird and Tooter both were tumbling and fighting each other in the air. I ran down my trail yelling for Tooter. The two went down to the ground where the fight ensued.I got closer and yelled more. The large bird, which I realized then was a HAWK, flew away in a northeast direction, and Tooter went in a southeast direction, in fact he flew right above me. I reached out with an arm and commanded "Tooter! Tooter!", but he just flew like there was no tomarrow. I ran down the street til I lost sight of him.

Already late for work, I called the person I am to relieve and explained that I had a family emergency. I got in my car and drove around the neighborhood looking for him. I parked then walked and walked calling out his name with no results. I somehow knew he was in shock and flew as far as he could to get away from the bully and may be hiding out, so I ended my search and went to work, late. My wife also attempted to locate him.

The next day, NewYears, I woke up at pre-dawn, and off I went walking the streets calling out his name.I searched for hours.I searched two locations where feral flocks hang out, still no Tooter. I went back into my wooded area and found plums and 5 of what seemed to be flight feathers, but no taces of blood or other bird parts. The feathers were his. Determined that he was still out there I searched again with no luck.

Late in the afternoon I heard an unusual "CAWW CAWWW" sound.I went outside and there was the grey and silver hawk perched on a tree limb and then off he flew, north. Very long wing span.Again, I again serached the area.

This is the 3rd day now that he has been missing. The first 24 hours was very hard on me.I wanted to post my horrific experience but finding Tooter was the single most important thing in my mind,so I didn't, til now. I trust he is still alive and hiding out somewhere and I need your prayers, or thoughts to come my way to help me find him, if it is meant to be... If he is still alive.

A stranger up the street told me "if he got away from the Hawk, he is one very lucky pigeon...that doesn't exactly happen everyday."

I did a very irresponsible thing by leaving him outside. I was much too trusting, not of Tooter, but of the outdoors. A couple of you warned me, if I didn't want to loose him to a predator, don't let him loose. The advice you gave was so correct.I got too comfortable with him being outside.All it took was 12 steps into the house...12 seconds.

I will going back out in search of him. Is he alive? Did he join a flock and find a companion? Is he hurt somewhere? Did he find a new rescuer? Did he fall prey to another ...or the same predator, which by the way is still lurking outside from time to time. So many questions...if ONLY I knew.
 

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