So… I wonder what you guys have to say about this:o
I often find young or injured birds, mostly pigeons in the city. There was a time when I went to extremes taking them on the bus to a faraway shelter where they would give them a chance… that was somewhere else though. Probably I wonder sometimes if I exaggerated… because it was ocstly (bus ticket, and requiring a lot of time (I think it was an hour’s bus ride sometimes if not more).
This just as an introduction. I live somewhere els enow anyway, don’t know of a place nearby where they would take them. For pigeons, often nobody wants to be responsible.
Often though a solutoon was found - once when I found a tiiiiny baby pigeon I got an unofficial number of a guy who takes care of birds… worked out, we met and he took it. Another time somebody else took the bird.
Anyway. Today on the way home, on a rainy day, just finally wanting to get home (can not really offord to get sick. I live from street music and had to play in windy and wet weather today) … I saw a pigeon just lying there, breathing deeply. By a bus stop. I wondered what i should do…
Taking it home is really not an option; I have only one room in which I also sleep and I think it would be a health risk. The number of that giy I didn’t have anymore - because that phone where I had it memorized got stolen. I called some official number where I was told they cannot help me, yes they do know of such a giy but don’t know the number either.
Now the question: How far does my moral responsibility go?
What I did is: Picked it up (protected my hand with a plastic bag) and put it to a more protected place (in the bus shelter that is half-open and has a roof, in case it rains again, under the bench so nobody will step on it, and on a newspaper for some more comfort than the concrete).
Left it there, said a prayer.
Any more responsibility? To keep calling around looking for that number (too late to call private now though, past 10.30 pm here)? Am I obligated to go there early tomorrow morning or can I stick with my usual plans (usually I do some things at home in the morning, and walking 15/20 minutes to the cnter and back again is much for my situation right now where I am a little… well lots going on).
How far does my responsibility go? Have I done enough, can I just hope it can at least die in peace (really looked like it might not make it through the night or much longer, unless it got only shocked by the downpour of rain), or hope that somebody will pick it up who knows how to help?
There was a similar situation a while ago with anothe rkind of bird that was near its end, that was near a church and somebody who also wanted to help had told me the priest had said it would not be a sin to leave it there. but this is hearsay so I am not sure… I did talk to the priest later but don’t remembe rif I asked him outright whether or not it was a sin.
I feel sorry for it, on the other hand I feel it may be at least more comforatable now and I may leave it in God’s hands… but somehow it would be helpful to get opinions on this ;))