When rescue is not an option

Ever come across an injured animal or bird that you cannot help? It is at these times that one is reminded how cruel nature can be.

On the March 13th, we went to Arekere Reserve Forest (aka Doresanipalya) and while there, we found this baby Black Kite, badly injured, upon the ground.

It was so badly off that it could not even clamber to its feet as it lay there in the grass clutter. It was heart-rending to watch the poor little one look at us with terrified, mute appeal.

But alas! Very often, one cannot follow up on one’s emotional impulse to intervene in wildlife… whether in urban or forest areas. In this case, the very fact that it was so immobile told me that the injury was definitely a bad one. The baby probably was thrown to the ground while struggling in the grip of two Shikras we had seen overhead; they must have predated the nest (we could not see one nearby), picked up the nestling, and flown off.

There was also the strong possibility that this was a nestling and not a fledgling; that is, it was a baby bird that had not yet arrived at the stage of learning how to fly.

The mother bird was circling overhead, and though scientists keep telling us not to ascribe human emotions to other creatures, the parent’s concern was quite apparent.

But with a bird that cannot fly, for any reason, rescue is not a great option. One has to let Nature take its course, and remember that in the wild, Darwin’s rule of ‘survival of the fittest’ applies.

We hardened our hearts and walked away. I still cannot help thinking of what might have happened to this little bird afterwards. These are the moments when Nature can be less than delightful.

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