Injured Wild Animals, What To Do?

A society will be judged by how it treats its weakest members. Posted 23 October 2011

injured birdI saw this injured bird on my way into town today. The poor thing was bleeding from the neck and just sitting there, still. I nearly stepped on it as I walked down the steps. It moved its head and let out a little honk just as I walked up. I have no idea how long it was like that, but it probably didn’t have much time left.

There is no way I was just going to walk off and leave it to die. Lucky for both of us, I had my smartphone with me. I had no idea who to call though. I didn’t want to call any emergency numbers like 999, that seemed like a bad choice. I tried the number for Durrell but they were closed. I was able to do a quick search on the browser for the JSPCA and thought “D’oh! Should have thought of them first.”

They have a number you can call for situations like this, and a volunteer will come out and rescue the animal. I called, and they were there in just a couple minutes. A volunteer threw a big towel over the bird, and she was able to scoop the little guy into a cardboard box for transporting. What a relief. I was so impressed by how fast they arrived and by how quickly it was over. It sounds silly but I was feeling protective of this little bird, after finding it and calling for help.

If you have a mobile phone you might take a minute to save their number in your phone book, in case this happens to you. It’s 01534 724 331. You might also consider making a donation if this is something important to you.

I’ll just finish with a great quote (attributed to everyone from Churchill to Truman to Gandhi): “A society will be judged by how it treats its weakest members.”