Ryan and I were on our way home after a cycle one day when we passed a massive albatross – I’m not 100% sure if it was an actual albatross but for the sake of this story, picture a very large seagull.
As we cycled past, we noticed a very large amount of blood coming from one of its wings. Now we the type of people who can’t just go past. The poor thing couldn’t fly! How the heck is it supposed to defend itself from other animals and weird people!?
So we got off our bicycles and started following the bird on foot – at the same time, trying to think of a plan and/or what to do to help.
A little while later, two girls approached from the front. They noticed the injury immediately.
In a matter of seconds, we had telepathic communication and the four of us cornered the bird into someone’s garden.
After explaining to them that we were new to the area and had no idea who to call, one of them reached for her phone and told us about the Animal Ambulance (Dierenambulance). We didn’t wait too long and the next thing we know, an actual ambulance (without sirens) arrived to save the day.
The man working that day was absolutely amazing and quite literally, did some quick thinking on his feet.
It was clear this bird wasn’t going to survive without a little help and so the rescue commenced.
The 5 of us had to surround the bird and slowly close in while trying to direct it towards the animal rescuer. At some point, the bird managed to run right past us and down the road.
There we went, 5 frantic individuals, running after one big bird. I can only imagine what it must have looked like from an outsiders perspective.
After running around like crazy people, we managed to close in on the bird. But he/she decided it wasn’t going down without a fight and head straight into my direction, screaming.
I decided screaming back was also going to be my tactic and lift my arms in the air at the same time. But in that motion, my phone fell out of my pocket and went crashing onto bricks, giving the bird a fright, changing direction and running straight into the arms of the animal rescuer.
At the end of the day, there was a happy ending for both me and the bird. He/she was on his/her way to getting a new wing and my phone was replaced (thank you insurance).