Tuesday, December 21, 2010

my pigeon, part two

After leaving work today, I found this pigeon huddled in the entryway of a vacant storefront. I immediately could tell from its positioning and rigid stance that it had been there a very long time and that it was probably injured. Upon closer look, I could see that its wing had some blood on it and was possibly broken...
I still regularly think about the pigeon I was unable to save last year, and there was no way I was going to leave this pigeon alone. It is so cold out and it couldn't get itself off the freezing ground. The pigeon was so sweet and trusting, and was very alert and awake, so I was hoping it could easily be mended in the right hands.
I called the Animal Rescue League of Boston (I once put all the Boston Animal help numbers in my phone. I'm so glad I did!), and someone came within 20 minutes. The man who came was so kind. He lifted the pigeon's wing and the wound was a lot bigger than I would have imagined (he said it had probably been clipped by a hawk or falcon), but he said the injury was new and the pigeon was strong and will most likely be okay. He brought it back to ARL and it's being transferred to a place that specializes in wild life rescue in the morning. I'm just so happy to know it's at least in a warm place for the night. 
In a weird way, this has eased the regrets I have felt since last fall regarding my first pigeon.
I love animals so much. They are truly one of the main sources of joy in my life. They're so innocent. I feel like it's the least I can do to do my best to look out for them.
I just want to say a very heartfelt thank you to the Animal Rescue League for taking in this pigeon. I think it's amazing that you come out and pick up animals for those of us who don't have means of getting them to you.


Julia Denos said...

That pigeon was lucky to be spotted by you Amanda! I'm so happy that he's warm tonight, wherever he is!

A Painted Journey said...

Do you know how many people probably passed by that little guy before you stopped to help him? You are so sweet honey, and you have such a beautiful heart and soul... I love you... Mummy

Fritzi Marie said...


I am so happy that you found that dear little pigeon. Thank goodness this world has people like you and organizations that do good. You are so wonderful.
I've been worried about a little doggie named Buddy in our neighborhood. He is the same size as Bono Baby and they leave him out at night in the cold cold weather. I went to visit his "Mommy" tonight. I took some treats for Buddy and let her know that I am here to take care of him if she ever goes out of town or anything. What I really want to do is have him come over for play dates with Bono so he has a warm place to cozy up for a while.

love love,

Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

Thank you, Mom and Julia! <3

Dear Kat,
I have the same worried feelings about dogs (especially little ones) that get left out at night, or for long periods of time at all. I think you're doing a great thing by talking to Buddy's owner and suggesting play dates with Bono Baby is a great idea. I hope it works out and I think you are wonderful, too!

John L said...

That was so nice of you! Did you ever read the book Fly Homer Fly, by Bill Peet? About a pigeon and his adventures, you would like it.

Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

I have not read Fly Homer Fly, but I will now! :)

Anonymous said...

fantastic story and a happy ending! this pigeon will remember you and the wonderful thing you did!

Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

aw, thanks crysia :)