a reply to: Trachel
It can make you feel guilt stricken for some strange reason I've yet to understand. Is that Godliness? The empathy for the other living beings being
so strong that it pains you, when literally no one around you that you commonly encounter seems to feel a similar way? Or is that just being "weak
sauce", fear based.. reminded of your own inevitable mortality?
I was cutting the soon to be 'old' backyard once, and I noticed a young blue jay flopping around under a tree in some leaves. I turned off the mower
and felt an immediate sense of .. "crap, this little guy needs help and I'm the only one to see; wouldn't I want help if one came upon me while I was
.. lost from the nest, flopping around, about to die?"
So I thought about it for a minute. What can I do? I noticed its' mother about 10-15 feet up on a branch, looking down at it sideways, I even walked
under it and saw it looking at me as well, gawking the entire time. The bird on the ground looked young but halfway grown, maybe at the stage of
learning how to fly. Its' chest was pumping quickly like it had tachycardia and it was looking up at me.
I decided to walk away
. Really? Lol, no, seriously, I walked away and observed from a distance. I watched the mother swoop down with worms in
its' mouth a couple of times to the ground in an attempt to feed its' child.
Five minutes goes by and I decide to go check on it. I was told to never touch young birds when I was a kid because the mothers will not want to feed
them anymore due to the smell of a human. That might have been a myth, but it stuck with me regardless. So, I look down at it, and it's ... not
breathing. It's warm, so what.. can I save it?
I immediately scooped it onto a rake carefully and carried it in the air over to the wooden play set / swing set. There's no children living here so
who really cares. I leave it on the top level and spritz a bit of water on it in a feeble attempt to wake it up. I walk away again.
The mother flew over to it and inspected it, then stayed nearby gawking. I eventually went inside to have a drink of water, then went back outside and
finished my task.
edit on 8/1/2015 by r0xor because: (no reason given)