Guest post by Carol
Today I Appreciate….
- Helping Hands – May 4th, I was conducting some business in Troy, and was at a house on 4th Ave. This was shortly after that severe storm had passed by with tremendous, sudden wind and rain. I looked down as I walked up the 3 or 4 stairs on the stoop and saw something that didn’t register at first – then I recognized it as a baby bird laying on the cement step. I continued up and put something in the person’s mailbox, and coming down the stairs, I saw another baby bird on another stair.
One was gone from the physical world, but the other was still moving slightly. By instinct, I scooped up the little bird and put him in my car so he wouldn’t die by himself on the hard cement. In coming to retrieve him, I saw 2 more babies in the same condition, and scooped them up as well. I figured they would pass over in the next 10-15 minutes. I had over an hour’s drive home with another stop on the way.
As I peeked at the little birds, they seemed to be moving more. They weren’t dead. On my next stop, I found an old sheet I had in the trunk for my dogs, and nestled the birds in that. They cuddled together and seemed more comfortable.
As I got closer to home and noticed that the three little ones were still breathing, I began to say to myself, “Now what?” I figured between our friend, Coryelle, who knows a lot about birds, and Ellie, who knows a lot about everything, we could figure something out.
Upon reaching home, I emptied the car and then showed the little ones to Ellie. She called Coryelle, and we got on the Internet. These little ones needed a special formula and feeding every 15 minutes. Well, that wasn’t going to happen. Our vet was closed by this time. Ellie called the emergency vet who put us in touch with a Wild Life Rescue person who lives 7 minutes from us. The Wild Life Rescue person asked if we could bring them to him. If he lived in California, I would have brought them to him! Yes, we could. He said he had four baby raccoons coming in also.
Off we went with the little creatures. The man took them in and made them comfy and warm and was about to prepare some food when the raccoons came in.
I don’t know what will become of these little ones, but at least they were left in the hands of someone who cared and knows how to care for them. And at least they weren’t left for dead on cement stairs.
In Schoharie County, there is a resource for animals from the wild who need care: Wildlife Alive, PO Box 410, 167 Llama Lane, Middleburgh, NY 12122 (518-827-7733).
PS. We “serendipitously” 😉 heard from a woman who is now caring for the little ones, and a week later they are still alive and doing well!