Have wildlife, will help

Har­bour Grace girl dis­plays strong love of an­i­mals, res­cues bird

The Compass - - COMPASS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Emily Gal­way was just sit­ting in her fam­ily’s liv­ing room on June 8 when she heard a thud against the front win­dow.

The 10-year-old River­head, Har­bour Grace res­i­dent saw that a pur­ple finch had crashed into the win­dow and lay on its back in the front gar­den, stunned from the blow.

Im­me­di­ately, Gal­way sprung into ac­tion.

“She knew ex­actly what to do,” said Margie Gal­way, Emily’s mother.

Not know­ing if it was alive or dead, Emily rushed out­side and picked up the dis­abled bird.

“When I saw it, I knew I had to help this bird!” said Emily.

Emily said when she first went out­side, she could see the eyes of the an­i­mal blink­ing as if it was con­fused. It also ap­peared to have in­jured its leg.

The next step was lay­ing out a bed of hay for the an­i­mal. Plac­ing some bird seed in a car­rier, Emily and her fam­ily waited to see if the an­i­mal would awaken.

A cou­ple of hours later, they got their re­sponse. The bird got up and was ready to re­sume its flight.

At first, Emily was not sure if it was a pur­ple finch. First, she thought it might be a red finch.

“It looked more red than pur­ple,” she said.

Get­ting one of the many an­i­mal books she has col­lected, Emily be­gan fever­ishly search for the right species. It did not take long when the Har­bour Grace Pri­mary stu­dent dis­cov­ered the bird was ac­tu­ally a pur­ple finch.

“There was one that said fa­mil­iar birds, and one of them looked just like him. It said pur­ple finch,” said Emily.

Know­ing what to do

It was be­cause of her favourite tele­vi­sion show that Emily knew what to do when she saw the in­jured bird. “Hope for Wildlife” is filmed in Nova Sco­tia and fea­tures a wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre.

I spend all of my time in the back­yard. — Emily Gal­way

“She knew what to do, and didn’t hes­i­tate at all,” said Margie.

“I was ex­cited when he flew away,” added Emily.

An­i­mal lover

It’s not hard to tell Emily is an an­i­mal lover. Walk­ing into the Gal­way home, Emily can be seen hold­ing ei­ther one of three fam­ily cats or a guinea pig. They also have a fish.

There are times when Emily will walk to the farm across the street and feed the an­i­mals.

“It’s al­most like it was in­nate,” said Margie, speak­ing of her daugh­ter’s in­tense love for an­i­mals. “She al­ways wanted to have pets.”

Var­i­ous bird feed­ers can be found in the Gal­way’s back­yard, where Emily takes time to ob­serve an­i­mals.

“I spend all of my time in the back­yard,” she said.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Har­bour Grace res­i­dent Emily Gal­way, 10, holds the pur­ple finch she helped af­ter the bird crashed into her fam­ily’s liv­ing room win­dow.

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