The bird rescue
Sankranti is not a good time for the birds. And who but we humans are responsible as we invade their space with kites stringed to sharp threads? This year was no different. This Kite got itself tangled up in the threads on the peepul tree near where we fly kites every year. After about an hour of scratching our heads about what to do – the bird was too high for our bamboo sticks+knife combo – we figured that climbing the tree and cutting the threads with a knife tied to the bamboo was the best option. Now I grew up playing around this tree but had never climbed it, though I wanted to. This was my chance.
And so I climbed the tree and after 15 minutes or so managed to cut the threads. Unfortunately, the bird could not fly as its wings were messed up by the threads and it had grown weak after more than six hours of hanging by the wings. One of my friends got a pair of scissors and we somehow cut the threads. The bird tried to resist but was too weak. Meanwhile I called a friend of mine who knows a thing or two about birds and he suggested we use a towel hold it in case we took it to the blue cross. But that did not happen.
We placed a bowl of water in front of it, but it could drink. So a friend put a towel around his palm and poured water on the kite’s mouth. Surprise surprise, it drank the water! Then we fed it some chicken, which it tried to eat. And then, all of a sudden, it flew away. We were happy; thanked each other and left. And I was glad I climbed the tree. 😉