Trying to save lives is just what we do

img_5633This morning was just like any other.  That is until I let the dogs outside.

My eyes were drawn first to a quick movement just outside our door, then to the unmistakeable, pounce of a cat onto it’s prey.

Usually, this sequence of events leads to an unsuspecting lizard meeting his maker and there isn’t much that can be done.  But today was different.

When I rounded the corner to investigate, I found a small bird, obviously injured, about to meet his end by the razor sharp, claws and teeth of our cat, Figsy.  I don’t scold our animals for doing what comes naturally to them, so I swooped Figsy up and set her inside to allow me to assess the injuries that had already been sustained.

I didn’t find any wounds that looked mortal, although there are some pretty gnarly cuts along it’s back(not sure of the sex).img_5634

Needless to say, there was never a question of whether or not I was going to help this bird get better and back in the wild if I could.  Google is always my best friend in this sort of situation, “Emergency vet care” led me to http://www.animalerpasco.com/ which happened to be closing, but they were able to put me in touch with a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary who is on her way to pick up “star”(name courtesy of the little lady)

Star is resting, comfortably, in a quiet, dark closet until they arrive.  It’s breathing has become much calmer and less labored which gives me hope they a full recovery is in our future.  Hopefully, the rehab people will be able to keep me updated with our little tweeter’s progress!