Sick bird finds caring Bomber fans
At a recent Bombers game, toward the end of the second quarter, there was a bit of commotion in the first few rows of sections 3 and 3A.
A bird had landed on the railing of the upper deck. It appeared to be a small hawk. Everyone in the area promptly began taking pictures with their phones. However nobody disturbed the bird.
It continued to rest where it had landed, completely unaffected by the noise going on around it. People continued to photograph it.
At the end of the game, which was VERY loud, the bird had not moved. Obviously it was either ill or too weak to fly.
I am a veterinarian. Once the stands had cleared a little, I was easily able to wrap it in my jacket, examine it, and finding no obvious problems other than it was very thin, I took it home with me for the night.
The next morning, I took the bird, which has been identified as a merlin (a member of the falcon family), to the Manitoba Wildlife Haven. It will be cared for there until it is stronger and can be released.
I would like to thank all the Bomber fans who were so courteous to let this little bird rest undisturbed throughout the game. And thank you also to the people who were genuinely concerned for its welfare when I was examining it.
Also, a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at the Manitoba Wildlife Haven, who care for so many species of ill and injured wildlife.
You all help make the world a better place.