Baby Bird Rescue

This is neither about food nor crafts, but I felt I wanted to share this.

This morning, I was woken by the sound of very upset birds and when I looked out of the window, I saw a family of starlings, chasing off a crow. The other day, I was unfortunate enough to see nature at its , when the crow few off with a tiny nestling, again causing the parents to be frantic.

This time, the crow wasn’t so lucky. Whatever the parents had done, it was enough to make it drop the chick. I saw the poor little thing, laying motionless on the ground, save for its rapid breathing. The nest is on the top floor of the building, with no way to reach it without a cherry picker, so I couldn’t return it to its nest. Nor could I leave it to the crow or the cats. So, I picked it up and dashed it inside. His wing didn’t look too good and he gripped to my finger with his little foot. Now, I’m assuming it was a boy, it may well have been a girl.

I popped him into a shoe box, lined with kitchen paper to keep him warm. Within a few minutes, his wing was back in its proper place and he looked a lot brighter. I called East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) to ask for their help, knowing they take in little birds like this one.

Whilst waiting, I kept a close watch on the little chick, who on occasion, would flap his wings and jump about in the box. He kept snuggling himself into the tissue to keep warm and cosy, but always looked intrigued when I peeked in on him.

When Chris from WRAS arrived, he took a look and agreed that the baby was too young to be able to fly and took him back to their casualty centre to give him the care he needs to hopefully reach maturity. If he does, it’s likely he’ll be released back here, so I may get to see him again.

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Early Birthday Present

So, the dreaded day that is my birthday is fast approaching again.

Last year, my partner sponsored an orangutan at Monkey World in Dorset for me. Since I was a teenager, I have loved Gordon, ever since I saw him as a baby on the programme Monkey Life back in the 1990s. I remember him wearing a nappy and being given an injection that made him cry – I was in love!

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This year, he has again adopted Gordon for my birthday present at my request. We are also planning on a trip to see my Orange Man. We have been a couple of times in the past year, but with my adoption package, I get free entry into the park. I really do love it there. They rescue and re-home a wide range of primates, including orangutans, chimpanzees, spider monkeys, macaques, marmosets and gibbons.

I’m really looking forward to going back, even though we’ve not decided when that will be at the moment. It really is lovely there. I love just wandering round, taking in the quiet – providing it’s not school holidays! – taking photos of the various primates. Each one has their own personality and when you think that many have been rescued from an illegal trade or abuse, it’s fabulous to think of the good work that the staff at Monkey World are doing.

For me, the orangutans are the real stars. I think they are so gorgeous and I share their love of taking things easy and food! Whilst I love all of the primates, it’s the hair-dos of the baby orangs and their cute faces that I just adore.

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If you haven’t been to Monkey World, I can thoroughly recommend it for the whole family.  There is a lot to see, plenty of affordable food and drink options, a play area, disabled facilities and very friendly staff. There are primate talks throughout the day, which are always insightful.

They also have an option for adoptive parents to stay in special Monkey World flats, which also gains you early entry to the park, with breakfast. We did this last year and it was so much fun.

Monkey World are always on the look out for special bits and bobs for their animals, with lists available on their websites, so if you can help out when you’re visiting, that would be amazing.

I hope you’ll forgive this post not being about cooking or craft, but I wanted to share my love of these amazing animals and the work Monkey World does to help protect them. May I also add, please avoid palm oil products if you can as palm oil plantations destroy orangutan habitats.