The Dying Egret
15 May 2011
Nature can be so cruel and sometimes despite our attempts we cannot get in the way of fate. On a rainy Friday night I looked across to our neighbors property and saw this beautiful egret who looked to be in trouble, so I approached it with my camera and found that it seemed to have a broken wing. It was too late to phone the Sarasota Bird Sanctuary Hospital so I had to leave it in the rain because I did not know how to care for it without hurting it.
Saturday morning as soon as I got up I went outside once again with camera in hand to look for my friend, he/she had moved to the other side of our house and his/her wing was badly dis-formed, the bad news it was obvious that the egret was unable to fly, the good news I witnessed it eating. So we phoned the Sarasota Bird Sanctuary Hospital unfortunately no-one replied, so I left a message hoping that they would return my call and we would be able to save the egrets life.
Finally on Sunday the Sarasota Bird Sanctuary Hospital returned my call and I went out into the garden to locate the egret, I searched all over our property to no avail; I told them that I could not find the egret so they asked me to please phone them back if I found the egret. I then phoned my neighbors on either side and one of them told me that they had seen an injured egret on Saturday and had phoned the Sarasota Bird Sanctuary Hospital who had collected the egret and taken it to to their facilities I was delighted to know that it was being looked after.
Imagine my distress when I found my friend floating dead in the creek at the bottom of my garden on Tuesday afternoon.