Sunday, July 20, 2008

Dove Emergency!


We had more trauma at our house today. Jarom walked into the garage and found a little dove sitting in the corner. It didn't even try to move when we got near it. I couldn't tell if it was hurt or sick or what. But you know me, I can't let an animal die without trying something.

So Dr Doolittle (aka me) put some gloves on and picked the poor little bird up. It had a funny piece of wheat or something that looked stuck in it's mouth and kept acting like it was choking. So I got some tweezers and removed it. Then I notice what looked like popcorn seeds stuck in the poor bird's throat. After a little while of doctoring I got several kernels removed and gave the bird some water from a syringe. The poor thing was SO thirsty. It drank and drank and drank.

It is still very weak and doesn't act right. We've put it in a box in the backyard for the night with some more water. I've tried my best to prepare my kids for a dead bird in the morning, but we'll see what happens.

Some of you may remember this bird story. Do these animals know to come to my house because I will try my best to rescue them? :) My heart (and my kids', especially Halle's) is too soft for these kinds of events.
UPDATE: Halle of course, woke up bright and early to check on the bird. I peered into the box to discover the poor thing was dead. GROSS!! (I do not do dead things.) I told Halle it had died and she just started crying. She's such a little tender heart. Sometimes nature is hard to take. And now I have a lovely dead bird in a box in my backyard to deal with. YUCK!!!

8 comments:

Janice said...

What an operation! How brave to stick tweezers down a bird's mouth. We have a bird's next in a decorative basket on our front door and it has two eggs in it! I say let's make an omelet. JK

Willy Happy Mama said...

Oh sweet Elena. You should have been a vet. Did you sing to her to? I want an update in the morning. Good job!

Fur said...

Oh my word! You could have your own "Animal Emergency" reality show!!

Jennifer P. said...

I'm with you--i'm a softy for sick or injured animals---but I alway haul them off to the animal rescue place. I don't do dead things either. A few years back, I found a duck that had been nearly chewed to death by a dog. Both wings and big section of its tail were gone. But it was still alive. I took it to the Ducks Unlimited Shelter and never had the heart to call and see if it made it.

sorry about the dove. Sounds like you did a good rescue job though!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

So sorry to hear about the trauma. When we were kids we were always trying to save things and I think the back corner of our yard turned into the pet cemetary - not like the scary movie. But we had little graves and stones marking them and till my mom finally said, Enough!!! Then no more animals came home to be rescued.

Brandon & Emily said...
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Emily said...

WOW, Amazing Elena. You are supermom!

mom said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! You didn't tell me about this last night. Poor thing. The water probably swelled all the wheat in its stomach. Yes, they know to come to you. Because that's where I send them.