Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Eye on the Sparrow
Yesterday, Cassie called me from outside our front porch. Yes, I'm aware she could have come in and spoken to me from the foyer but she's 14, armed with a cell phone and knows how to use it. She wanted me to come outside right away! So, I finished what I was doing and went outside to see what the commotion was about. Cassie's friend, Angela, was holding a baby sparrow in her hands that they had found hopping around on the ground. As it was unable to fly away, Cassie and her friends, picked up the little bird and brought it here hoping that I would know what to do. I told her that the bird could no longer be released to its own devices and suggested she call a local Animal Rescue to see if anything could be done. We looked on the internet and found a number and called it. But this particular rescue was unable to help their little bird friend so Cassie and Angela visited a Vet's office and the office made a call to a local wildlife shelter who said they would look at the bird to see if there was anything they could do but they were now closed for the night and suggested Cassie bring the bird in the morning. The girls then filled a basket with a towel to make the sparrow comfortable and provided it with water and seeds and proceeded to care for it through the night. The little thing was surprisingly unfazed by 3 ogling teenagers and a hyperactive toddler showering it with attention and it twittered and chirped like he was still in his tree. This morning, Angela's mother took the girls to the wildlife rescue. They took him in but told Cassie that they usually do not take in house sparrows. This one seemed to touch their heart as our little bird friend was born without eyes and there was no way he could ever be released to nature but they promised to make him comfortable and try to feed him and see what happened. However, they told Cassie he may have two weeks at best because he was still so young and needed his mom to care for him.
It was good that Cassie showed this little bird such compassion and that even though it's odds are not good, someone is now caring for it and who knows? Maybe this little guy will become someone's pet. "So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31