Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Friday, October 10, 2008

A tiny wee life in Ken's hands.

While Ken was in our bird aviaries late yesterday afternoon, he noticed a baby Zebra Finch had fallen from a nest. He picked it up and poked it back into the nest, but it was apparent that the reason for its ejection was overcrowding, as 5 young finches flew out cheeping loudly, then went back. The birds will do that, if there are too many for the parents to feed, the last to hatch will be pushed aside by the older chicks, and left to die.

My tender-hearted hubby couldn't bear to see this tiny little creature lying on the ground, knowing it would freeze to death overnight, so he picked it up and brought it inside the house.
He found a small plastic bowl and lined it with a piece of soft material, and then looked for an eye dropper. He mixed some milk and biscuit crumbs on a saucer, and fed it to the baby finch, who opened its beak and cried for more several times. Not the ideal diet for a baby bird, but it survived until we went to bed about midnight.

Topsy was hoping for a small midnight snack...

When we got up at 8 am, we found it had died, which we kind of expected, but we were still sad. At least it died in a warm and safe place, not outside on the ground..


Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Dear Gina.. sorry little bird died but as you say least it was in a warm place and not hungry..
have a good weekend

Saturday, 11 October, 2008  
Blogger woof nanny said...

Oh, that's sad. At least you tried.
lol to Topsy though.

Friday, 14 November, 2008  

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