The story of Roger the Cardinal, and how we rescued him.

April 12, 2016

12 p.m

One day before my birthday.

I was walking around campus when I hear a bird screeching horribly. I looked around and saw that two black birds were attacking this little red thing with all of their might, and slamming it against the floor. At first I thought it was a leaf they were playing with since they were ganging up on it like nothing.
I’m a huge animal lover, so I had to stop and scare the black birds away from him (and it took a bit to do so) who were on top of this little red bird. I was careful to approach him. He was so scared. I know birds carry diseases and all of that. I didn’t care. This bird was in shock and in pain with his little skull exposed. I was careful. He let me carry him and I took him to david who had just gotten out of class so he would see him. Google confirmed that this beautiful being was a Cardinal. 

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he just stared at me after I found him.

I didn’t know what to do or who to call. So, I called my mom. Then my vet, and took him to her. They are gonna take care of him and see if they can save him and then set him free. I would keep him, of course, but it is illegal to keep Cardinals and he’s used to being free, so that wasn’t an option. 

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in the car, on our way to the vet. holding him for protection.

Later that day I called the vet and her staff told me that, unfortunately, he had passed away. David, I, my mother, grandmother, and the friends we told this story to were really sad. I kinda wanted to cry. They couldn’t believe Roger– as we named him– had let me carry him. Neither could I, really. I am glad I met this little buddy even if it was for a little bit.
I’m sharing this story because even if we have a super busy schedule, we should still stop and help others. Even if that other is a little red bird. Like everyone, I do have papers due and I was late to work but I still took this little guy in to get the help he needed. People walked by him and didn’t stop. I can’t imagine what would’ve happened to him. So friends, look around, be attentive, and lend a helping hand. There’s no excuse.

Have a nice day friends.

–diana

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