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The Hand That Saved the Cardinal

The Hand That Saved the Cardinal


By Peggy Delisi of North Carolina

It was early one morning in May 2010 and I was driving my usual route to go to the farm to visit my horses.  I had only gone a few miles when I saw this Cardinal sitting on the side of the road. As my truck approached the little bird, I noticed it continued to sit there and I thought that was very strange, so I pulled into the next driveway and came back to where the Cardinal was still sitting and pulled into the parking lot there.

I got out of my truck and approached the bird and it did not move, but his eyes were open.  Obviously there was something wrong for this little guy not to fly off.  I reached down and picked him up and wondered, now what am I going to do because it was Sunday and I was on my way to the farm.

A Friend in the Right Place at the Right Time

I decided to call my friend who lives just off this same road and who rescues a lot of animals.  She told me to bring him to her house and she would check him out and watch him for a little while to see if he would recover and could be released.  We figured he may have flown into someone’s car and just be stunned — as least that was the hope.

I left my little Cardinal rescue at my friend’s house and she put him in a cage to recover.  When I talked to her later, she told me when she opened the cage door about 3 hours later, the little guy flew off!  It made us both very happy!

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2:24PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:48AM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Great to hear about the kindness extended to this beautiful little red bird. Its a good reminder too that odd behavior often means "I need help".

11:02AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

How thoughtful, if everyone would just learn to respect nature and care for them in times of need dso many would be saved. So happy for this beautiful Cardinal.

2:06PM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

What a beautiful bird.I love people who take the time to go back and make sure a living creature is ok.

10:53PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Glad to read a happy story.

8:04PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

thanks for sharing.

3:27PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Ah ... thanks for helping.

11:29AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Thank you both for taking the time to help a poor bird that just needed a little help. I wish there was more people like you both. I am sure that cardinal would thank you if iy could.

2:10AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Nice story; thanks for passing it along.

9:15PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011


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