Faith in hu­man­ity re­stored

The Compass - - OPINION -

To­day I watched un­fold an event that served to re­in­force my oc­ca­sional flag­ging faith in hu­man­ity.

A seag­ull had been hit, per­haps by a ve­hi­cle, and sat by the road­side, un­able to fly be­cause of a sev­ered wing. Two passersby helped me get the in­jured bird into a crate and wrapped in a blan­ket, to be de­liv­ered to a lo­cal vet. The bird was taken and, as per my re­quest, put out of its mis­ery. “Will there be a charge?” I asked. “No, we get re­quests like this all the time,” was the re­ply.

It’s en­cour­ag­ing to re­al­ize there are oth­ers who are will­ing to go out of their way to do all within their power to pre­vent an in­jured bird from fur­ther suf­fer­ing.

I was moved. Ob­vi­ously, the so-called “milk of hu­man kind­ness” still flows. I would like to high­light the role played by the good Sa­mar­i­tans who spon­ta­neously came to the as­sis­tance of a bird in pain.

Thank you!

— Bur­ton K. Janes writes from Bay Roberts

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