06-02-2008, 08:38 PM
Fly Free Little One
I feel just awful…
Today when I was coming home from the college, I happened to notice a bunch of our neighbour hood kids (about 10-13 I think) gathered round something over at grassy area where they all play. Usually this would no catch my attention, but the girls where squealing and yelling at the boys to “Get it away” and more worryingly, I noticed one of the boys lift a stick and strike at something in the grass… infuriated I went straight over, my mind jumping to the conclusion that they where hurting a poor field mouse.
But to my absolute horror I saw a little bundle of black goo…with wings. The kids ran away laughing like it was all a big game to them, playing with life.
I didn’t think she was still alive but I wasn’t going to leave her there anyway, so I took off my jacket and picked her up and to my amazement I heard a faint little chirp and a brief movement of the wings. Luckily I was only a few minutes from my house.
I got her home and tried to wash off some of what I was sure was car oil off her, it worked a little but I didn’t want to scrub at her or stress her out by washing her (which I done with cotton wool and a bowl of lukewarm water). She still barely resembled a budgie when I was through, but her greeny colour,and face was much better than it was and she was starting to move on her own a little.
Since I’m using both my cages for quarantine right now all I could use was a cardboard box ( with airholes ), which I put a heated towel in, some seeds with millet and diced apple (just in case she ate fruit) and some water. But like I expected she didn’t show much interest in the food and didn’t move all that much in general.
I phoned round all the emergency vets and was shocked to hear that “We don’t treat anything smaller than a cat on emergencies” but managed to get an appointment for first thing tomorrow morning… I just wish we had an avian vet near.
I simply didn’t know what to do. I was scared in case she tried to preen herself and swallowed the oil and I didn’t know if I should wash her again or not…making her wet when she’s weak didn’t seem like a good idea. All I could think to do was keep reheating the towel when it got cold and generally keep her warm until morning…
It’s just going 1.32am, I found her dead at 1.20am and I’ve been checking her every ten minutes so I know she died recently…
And it’s so heartbreaking. I feel I really let the little soul down… she wasn’t even my bird and I’ve cried over her.
But I also feel outraged that kids in my neighbourhood can be so cold and cruel, I intend on informing their parents about this tomorrow.
I also am going to alert the SSPCA in case anyone has reported their missing pet and at least try to let the owners know what happened.
Fly high little one, without any pain and I’m sorry I couldn’t do more.