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. 

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. 

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.