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SUPER MOM-SUPER KID Perseverance never fails

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by ekathandha, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. ekathandha

    ekathandha New IL'ite

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    One fine Sunday morning when we opened our front door we saw a cute little sparrow sitting in a corner. At first sight it gave us an impression of a wounded adult bird but on further inspection it became obvious that it was not an adult but a chick whose feathers have not fully grown. The bird must have been on its first venture from its nest without the knowledge of its mother and there it was sitting like a cute little chubby pie unable to fly more than a foot.
    It was trying very hard to fly but could not succeed as its wings had not gained strength. We kept some rice grains and water but it was least interested in eating or drinking and also became afraid of our presence. We were very much worried about the chick’s safety because there were cats in our compound which could harm the little one. So we were contemplating over the idea of putting some basket over it to cover but were afraid that we would restrain the chick from trying to reach its home.
    Just then we saw an adult sparrow sitting on the nearby compound wall and chirping restlessly. So we came inside and closed the door but continued watching through the window. The adult bird indeed must have been the mother who had come in search of its little one. The real interesting story unfolded thereafter and it was like watching an episode of national geographic channel.
    The mother sparrow would try to encourage the small one to fly. It would go and pick up some worms and feed the chick and push the chick to fly and the cutie would also try. Our compound wall is some five feet in height and it was too much for the chick. The flight down to the ground from its nest must have been easy for it but the upward flight needed more energy and strength and it was so taxing on the underdeveloped wings.
    The mother sparrow cleverly thought of a tactic which amazed us. There was a water tap inside our compound at a height of around three feet. The mother would first sit near the chick, then fly to the tap and call the little one to follow it. From the tap it would fly to the compound wall. But the chick was adamant and it would not follow its mother to the tap. Instead it would try to directly reach the compound wall. By this time it was afternoon and the chick had learnt to fly to a height of about three feet. We were watching them on and off and with each passing hour there was some improvement in the little ones effort.
    By evening the chick had managed to fly to a height of around 4 1/2 feet. It was also becoming dark and we could see and hear the other birds reaching their homes with their chirping. We were afraid that the duo would not make it before light fades out. But contrary to our expectation, the next second the chick gave a try and AHOY in a flash of a second it was on top of the compound wall. We were jubilant and as was the mother. From the wall the mother flew to a nearby electric wire and the little one followed suit. Then everything happened in a flash. Both flew in tandem to a nearby tree which we assumed must be their home and it was a very fulfilling sight to see both the mother and kid succeed in their effort.
    That day the birds proved that perseverance never fails and it is we humans who would have doubt and uncertainty over anything and everything and fail to achieve our goal while those little birds had no doubt whatsoever and reached their goal.
     
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  2. Pavithra55

    Pavithra55 Gold IL'ite

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    very excellent write up.
    you had the glimpse of the chik and mother through your window but i can only watch it in national geography channel. since birds in their extinct stage.hmmmm thanx for sharing it with us dear:)
     
  3. Arunarc

    Arunarc Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi
    Wow is was so nice to read about the mother bird and the kid it might have been really exciting to watch them in real.
     

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