This week’s post is brought to you by the “Weekly Writing Prompts” sent out by Mama Kat of “Mama’s Losin’ It” fame. The topic: Share a story about an animal you once rescued.
My mom and I were driving through town one rainy day and came upon a young seagull sitting squarely in the middle of one lane of traffic. We both screamed as we drove over him and mom pulled into the suicide lane so we could assess what damage had been done. Thankfully, he was still sitting there intact rather than flat. We looked at each other and knew what we had to do. We couldn’t just leave him there to get squished by some other driver. So, we made a nest of sorts out of an old blanket mom kept in the car and hopped out into traffic to save the bird…hoping he wouldn’t flop across other lanes and get run over that way.
He barely moved as we closed in on him. He must have been in shock – who knows how many undercarriage views he had that day. We scooped him up, plopped him in the back of the wagon, and were off again in a flash. We discussed where to keep him (the garage, of course, otherwise the cats might eat him), what to feed him (sardines? I honestly don’t recall what we did feed him.), and what we should name him (Gulliver, what else?). By the time we got to the house, the car smelt faintly of wet bird (not incredibly pleasant) and we had a plan in place. He’d stay with us for a few weeks or until he could stretch his wings out and flap around then we’d let him loose on the beach.
I’m glad to say that he did indeed heal and we did follow through with setting him free one morning. The picture above was taken the morning we let him go.
I had the coolest mom ever, I think. 🙂
What’s the most off the wall animal you “saved”?