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ANIMALS by KRISS on 31 december 2015

Ok, my life had so far consisted of trying to rescue many small birds and invariably sadly witnessing their dying on my watch.
This started at an early age when I would find young birds fallen from the nest and try against all odds to rescue them, resuscitate them, feed them, repair them…whatever I tried to do it always miserably failed and I ended up with a dead bird on my hands.

This kept happening later on in my life and I think I firstly broke this evil circle last summer in Nerja.

A small bird had entered our shop and was flying around.
In an art shop with half of the paintings belonging to other artists than yourself we didn’t want the bird to stay for too long and Kate decided to catch it and let it go !

But the little birdie panicked and hit the glass window hard.
Hard enough to fall on the ground unconscious.
It seemed to us very little hope was to hold as to our little bird’s future and we took it outside the shop, on the little rest before the windows and tried to leave it with some food and water.
Less than 10 minutes later, it had gulped down everything and we witnessed it flying away chirping.
That was one victory !

Anyways, here in Florida, we had witnessed a bird incident on the road and saved a first sea duck with a hook in its beak a few weeks ago ! Today when we decided to go fishing after much insisting from Rose, we didn’t know this awesome day would turn out to give our bird rescue team 2 new missions !

It started this morning when my poor Tom, sad and puzzled, hauled me « Dad, I caught a seagull ».
Yes, Tom, you did nothing wrong I guess, a seagull decided to have a go at something in the water just next to your line and it got caught in it.
We pulled it back and up, fortunately it did fly for the up part.
Wearing gloves, I seized it bravely while it pinched my fingers.
I didn’t feel a thing ! A kind neighbor fisherman and Kate helped to get the bird out of the fishing line while I kept holding it.
It wasn’t injured and that was a good thing !

Later on, Tom once again called on me because a Pelican was caught in a fishing line.
This time it wasn’t Tom’s line fortunately.
And luckily it was a strong line meant for sharks so it held the weight of the big bird while we pulled it up the pier.
Unfortunately, that one didn’t fly the up part and we had to pull it with a tight line around its wing.

While one man seized the oversized but rather flat beak, I grabbed the body of the big bird to prevent further injury.
With the help of a third man, we managed to free the line from its wing and I was able to release him.
I dropped it off the pier and it flew back to the water.
Tom and I kept an eye on the little guy, and a few minutes later, it was able to take off again !

This was an amazing experience, a pelican is such a huge bird and so fluffy and warm.
And I got to hold one ! Now Kate is jealous but there isn’t much I can do about it, except adopt a Pelican perhaps ?

All these bird rescues in one day led me to believe there must be something wrong with the way people fish here.
As a kid, I would often go fishing and I never witnessed nor heard of any stories of seagulls caught in any line.
I tried to think on the matter tonight and it appears to me there is a huge difference between the two methods of fishing.
Here, people fish from a high pier and don’t necessarily need a floater.
As a consequence no one uses them.
In Europe, most people fish from sea level and use a bright floater to keep an eye on their lines.

Would it be possible that birds learned to identify the floaters and the dangers they represent and simply acquired the safe behavior not to get near them ? Or are seagulls and pelicans just plain dodo stupid, lazy and opportunistic to only care about the fish at the end of the line ? I have no answer to that (though I would opt for the first one).
It reminded me of a funny episode of the series Malcolm in the middle though when kid genius Malcolm decides to test his dumb brother Reese against a rat by electrocuting him every time he gets a cookie.
While the rat learns its lesson after one shock, the brother keeps hurting himself throughout the episode to get the cookies.
Hilarious !

#fishing #birds #petrescue #caughtintheline #911birds

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