Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Bird in the Hand

Many times our family takes in strays, or as we call them, "homeless Americans down on their luck". We like to give them a foster home until they are back on their feet and able to find a forever place to live. We've helped Boxers, Jack Russells, Schnauzers and even a cockatiel. It's a great feeling to help another animal and make a difference.

Our latest foster, however, really has me stumped. It's not a cat or dog. It's not even a pet, but you know Mom and Dad. They can't turn away an animal in need.

This guy was found by two little ladies picking up pecans. He had a steel trap on his leg. They scooped him up into a bucket and called the game warden, who said to bring him to us. Fortunately his leg wasn't broken, just skinned and bruised. With a little ointment rubbed on it, he'll be good as new.

Mom has mislaid her bird book, but she thinks it's a Cooper's hawk, so we're calling him Cooper for the moment. Doesn't he have a very indignant look on his face? It's like, "Now how did I get myself into this mess?"

Cooper will be leaving us this afternoon. We think he's fit to fly again. Mom says not to expect to see or hear from Cooper after he takes off as they rarely look back once they're airborn.

And they never write or call (sigh).


Agatha and Archie said...

What a beauty!!! Your Mom and Dad ARE THE BEST!! When we go on our wlak at the pond we often see a red tailed hawk!! Majestoc birds hawks, but they are know not to write or call Love A+A

Gus said...

Wow, he is lovely. And you are right. He looks intelligent and interested. We hope he flys well with no damage


Pacco de Mongrel said...

cooper looks really handsome...i wonder wat breed is him?

Maggie & Mitch said...

You guys are so nice to help Cooper recover and be on his way! What a beauty he is!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Jackson said...

Hey Tell, he looks like a handsome fella. It's very good of your parents to help him on his way. J x

Frasier said...

Hi Tell
You are very handsome !!!

Noah the Airedale said...

You guys are just great helping so many animals. Cooper sure is beautiful. Shame once he flies off you wont see him again. Actually, that's probably a good thing.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Lenny said...

Cooper is a nice looking bird! You and your family have such big hearts!

Your friend, Lenny