Sad and Happy Tails

Ibis injured

Today I was barely awake when Younger Daughter detoured from her trip from J’s school to work and thrust an injured ibis into my arms.  She had spotted it lying in a driveway en route.  Ants had already been attacking the poor creature.


I placed it in a box and subjected it to a bit of peace and quiet – often that is all stunned birds need for recovery.  That didn’t work, however, so I then transported it to CROW  (The Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) in Yellowwood Park about 10k away.  They do a marvellous job with no official funding (surprise, surprise) and only the goodwill of dedicated volunteers and of caring public to sustain them.

Sadly, the hadeda had a broken leg and two broken wings (must have been hit by a car) and the humane option was to put it to sleep. At least we tried.

Yesterday our neighbour requested my help to get her Staffie to the vet – he was listless and disoriented.  With such a bulky dog it was a mission to get him into the car, out into the vet’s consulting room, and onto the table.  It was of no help that he was energetically chewing his lead at every opportunity, with excellent prospects of severing it completely.

Anyway, after a thorough examination, he was pronounced fit and frisky.  Whatever had affected him earlier (a bout of missing his recently deceased master?} was over.  Today he has been his normal self.

You lose some; some you win.

© Colonialist March 2016 (WordPress)

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34 Responses to Sad and Happy Tails

  1. libraschild says:

    love the pun in the title. very sad about the bird but great about the dog… you’re a good soul Col!


  2. For the loss, at least you tried. For the win, thats great 🌺


  3. gipsika says:

    That’s sad about the Hadeda. Glad there was nothing wrong with that feisty dog though!

    Hadedas had a habit of commenting on our rehearsals years back when we were playing quintets and sextets at a friend’s house. They had no cause!! We played nicely!


  4. So glad that the Stafford was able to shake himself out of his sad state, though I can completely understand. Sometimes all you want to do is lay down and not move until bad times have gone away.
    Poor Ibis. She’s flying through ever-lasting clouds now. You did well, Col, helping these critters and their (temporary) caretakers.


  5. equinoxio21 says:

    Win some lose some indeed. But you have to try every time, right?
    Bon week-end mon ami.


  6. Poor bird, but at least it had a more dignified end than being chewed by ants on the roadside…..a good deed indeed💕😊


  7. Patrecia (with an E) says:

    well done for trying to help..the first was not a failure because the bird died knowing that someone cared enough to give it help…..
    and the second one ..I dont think your neighbour could have managed without you…so all in all a very good days work


    • colonialist says:

      It is often too easy to find excuses for not getting involved in these ways – and the excuses are a bad habit in need of being abandoned. You’re late at work. So what? You have ‘more important’ things to do. Are they really?


  8. 68ghia says:

    Some days death wins, other days, life.
    I buried my other old man on Wednesday – now it’s just the young one – until he, too, goes into the clearing at the end of the path…


  9. Lovely to read this. It’s an old trick of dogs: terribly ill on the way to the vet and fit and frisky once they arrive!


  10. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    You are now officially my HERO!


  11. Pussycat44 says:

    C.R.O.W the best place on earth for injured wild life, big or small. I wish I had visited there more often.


  12. and you treat all with kindness and concern. A true hero of which our world needs more. Thank you.


  13. We need more people like you who are actively engaged in caring for animals. They need every spokesperson they can get and every care person.


  14. Thank you for picking up and caring for the injured bird.All living things deserve some dignity. I hate to see an injured animal suffering a people just keep going on by. It makes a difference. Even if it’s a little bird.
    Molly chews harnesses and leashes when stressed. The neighbors’ dog is a bit disoriented probably. Here’s the latest story of a local one is here:
    Animals are always at such risk: in environments they don’t control or understand.
    Thanks again for helping


    • colonialist says:

      It infuriates me when an animal lies injured by the roadside and nobody stops – and then, if one causes a slight traffic obstruction in going to its assistance other motorists are outraged even though they can see the reason. Not being two or three minutes later is more important to them than that life.
      I do hope that dog found the sort of caring home his loyalty deserved.

      Liked by 1 person

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