Sick bird finds car­ing Bomber fans

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

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.

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