While out for a walk the other day, I came across an injured pigeon that looked to have been clipped by a car and was left injured on the pavement at the side of the road.
The pigeon was still breathing and although injured I didn’t really know how bad his injuries were, but I held on to hope that he would survive. I tried to move his wing so that he was more comfortable and started stroking his head so that he knew he wasn’t alone, that I was trying to help him.
As I continued to stroke him, a car approached to get to a neighbouring house and stopped at the foot of the drive to talk to us. When he asked what I was doing, and I explained, he wasn’t concerned and told me that if I left the pigeon, a fox would eat it. I returned the conversation by saying I was trying to save the injured bird and why would I just leave it, but my comment was ignored as he continued to drive into his garden.
His wife followed behind him in her car and drove into their garden. She got out the car, looked over at me bemused and then walked into her house, following her husband in. I couldn’t quite believe it.
I continued to stroke and talk to the pigeon, explaining that I must be his guardian angel, being there to help him in that moment. After laying for what seemed a good while later, the pigeon tried desperately to raise his head off the ground, his head then fell, his eyes closed and his skin went a shade of blue and I knew he was gone.
Although I felt bad that I couldn’t save him, I know I was supposed to be there to help. As for the couple who stopped, there are simply no words to describe their attitude. This is not a world I even want to recognise. We need to do better. We must want to help animals and people where we can.
It bothered me that the pigeon’s life wasn’t important to them. What’s sorely lacking is our ability to care in a way that benefits everyone, including animals. We have to want to do better.
Picking up this beautiful bird in a towel, we headed home where he was laid to rest in the back garden around his fellow birds who often come to visit.