Have wildlife, will help
Harbour Grace girl displays strong love of animals, rescues bird
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.
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.
Harbour Grace resident Emily Galway, 10, holds the purple finch she helped after the bird crashed into her family’s living room window.