On a Wing and a Prayer
Surviving on only a wing and a prayer was road accident victim, Ryan Gosling. However, due to his incapacitated state, made so by that wretched broken limb that hung clumsy by his side, it was only a matter of time until he did not.
Although rightly fearful of humans, and despite the fierce regard he held for his embattled body, he presented no challenge for his rescuers. Such too would have been the case for a less-well-intended wily old fox as Ryan muddled his way around that lake.
With dear Ryan Gosling tripping over his cumbersome broken wing, his capture was easy, but, alas, the repair of the wing would not be. X-rays revealed the full gravity of this break.
And it grounded us, as it had he.
For it was as brutal as it was old. Broken in two places and described as a “closed displaced fracture” of his left humerus, the challenge of repairing such pneumatic bones* is nigh impossible. All of which left the only alternative we could entertain, the removal of the offending wing.
And whilst we grappled with the idea of just how our new and grumpy friend would cope, we need not. For geese are indeed resilient, and ones who have new friends even more so!
On that latter score we give thanks to our dear resident and fellow road accident victim, Michaela Flattery (although she was first introduced to the world as Michael, an egg in her nest one day put paid to that), who took so readily to dear Ryan.
For a species so maligned and so often discarded like trash at public wetlands, many would be surprised to learn of the magical qualities of geese. They mate for life, for one. So let’s trust the one Michaela and Ryan now share will be long and joyous. They too are protective, courageous, and loyal to a fault way, way beyond their small stature. Possessed with long memories, they are animals who never forget, so be warned if you are the motorists for whom these hapless animals came off second best.
All of which should transport us, our thoughts and animal protection legislation to a place where animals such as geese live on something far more concrete than a wing and a prayer – our kindness.
*Birds have pneumatic bones. These hollow building blocks of their skeleton are vital for respiration and their light weight enables flight.
After a night so long it almost forgot to end, we caught some sleep, grabbed a snack and headed on our well-worn track to the barn.
There was no doubt that Berlin’s world was crumbling the day he and his three buddies were surrendered into our care.
With a haunting sadness in their eyes, Gracelyn and Elvira entered our world. And we theirs, as they searched their newfound digs for somewhere to land their gaze.
Lost in a world far, far bigger than himself was little Bahama. But then kindness found him.
Little Kokomo may have been down on his luck the day he was born, finding himself way down in a pile of mirky mud.
Words could not convey our shock when we went to our carpark to collect the little lamb we would soon name Bermuda, who was surrendered into our care after having been found the day before.
More than likely destined for backyard slaughter, the young Cedric ran for his life. And did so for several days in the off-leash dog park to which he had retreated.
Friend or freezer? Without even meeting the colourful chap we have named Tom Cruise, we knew the only role he should ever fill was the first.
At just one day old, teeny tiny Trapper John was diminutive in size yet formidable in impact, and everybody was talking about him.