I am a sucker for weak, defenseless animals. See a cat playing with a live mouse in a field...run and save it. Find a kitten in some bushes by the side of the road...take it to work and pawn it off on a coworker. Come upon a fledgling floundering helplessly on my balcony...take it in for a night, feed it and look after it, then return it to the closest nest and watch until the parents return. Which they did.
It drives Padawan nuts. You never know what poor lost soul I'll bring home. Last night he walked in the door and found me trying to feed little bits of meat to Iago in the kitchen.
"Where did you get that?"
"I found him! He was all alone and it was getting dark and I was afraid he'd get eaten!"
"We can't keep him, Chanel."
"I know that! I called a wildlife rehabilitation center and left a message. They can pick him up tomorrow."
When he suggested we just leave it outside in the grass last night and leave it up to Darwinism, I started crying that it was just wrong to leave it there, that it would probably die and get eaten by Ghost, or it would hop into the road and get run over by someone. We agreed to keep him on the balcony overnight to keep him safe.
I hope I find a baby squirrel one day. I'd like to take care of one, just to see how it works.
I did take pictures of Iago, but I left my camera and memory card at home so I'll put a picture up later today so you guys can see how freaking cute he was.
Oh, I named him Iago because he had a big mouth and kept peeping until the sun went down and then started again as soon as it came up. Cute little thing, but very needy. At least baby birds appear to sleep through the whole night. Must make it easier on the parents.
Interesting thing: I went out about forty five minutes after I left the bird out by the nest this morning and left Choo Choo inside of the apartment because I wasn't going to be gone long. Padawan came home while I was outside and opened the door.
I was sitting in the grass not within sight of the stairs that lead to our apartment, watching the birds with Iago, when I saw something small and blond shoot past my eye. I turned to look and there was Choo Choo, no leash, no collar, no halter, tearing up grass as she bounded to me. I didn't think she was going to stop, but she ran right up to me and jumped on my legs and started whining and yelping like I'd left her forever! I was confused and looked around. Sure enough, a minute later Padawan came running up, looking horrified and then relieved.
"What the hell happened, Padawan?"
"I just opened the door and she shot out like a cannon ball! There was no warning!"
"Didn't you try calling her name?"
"Of course I tried. She ignored me and just ran down the stairs! I thought she ran away!"
*sigh* "How did she know where I was?" I mused, scratching her ears.