I couldn't quite figure out what was going on, until, I heard the "Cheep, Cheep, Cheep" of a small bird.
Looking out, I saw a tiny chick, covered in black fluff, which had somehow got away from its mother, under what circumstances I had no idea.
It was obviously lost, and kept on cheeping away quite noisily, while running all around the garden.
Had it survived falling out of its nest or had the mother abandoned the poor thing?
I tried (unsuccessfully) for the most part of the morning to capture this little one, before it came to any harm, but every time I approached, it ran away at full speed. How did its little legs move so fast?
I finally decided to put a small plate of cooked pasta and water in the garden for the baby chick to eat. It just kept on running around cheeping away all day.
All the birds that came into the garden that day, it followed them around, but they all ran away from the chick like they were avoiding the plague.
Brownie of course was in high gear to get out into the back garden, but I kept the gate closed.
Dusk time came, and the chick was still running around cheeping. It should have been tired by then.
Eventually the cheeping stopped, and I imagined it finally went to sleep for the night somewhere in the garden. The rain fell during the night, and I wondered about how he/she was doing.
The following day, early in the morning, the cheeping started all over again. At least it had made it through the night.
I then saw a blackbird in the tall palm tree seeking grubs from between the spent fronds. Oh great, I thought, the mother is going to feed the poor thing.
To my horror, the blackbird gobbled up the grub, and continued to search for more, eating every single grub that it found.
I took some more cooked pasta out for the chick but it ran away from me again.
The old pasta was still there. It had to be hungry and probably quite tired and weak from running around an entire day.
It ran very fast to get away from me, and to hide under the shrubbery along the back wall.
Sometimes, it is not right to interfere with the course of nature, but it was too much for me to bear.
Checking with a (vet) friend of mine later in the day, I was told that the poor thing was probably sick and that's why the mother had abandoned it. So sad.
Before I closed up for the evening, I checked on its whereabouts in the garden. It was all snuggled up under a palm tree, looking quite weary.
This morning, in the early dawn, I walked the garden, and found its little body no longer breathing.
Brownie helping me to look.Every animal that passes away in my garden gets a proper burial.
I prepared a box for the body, lined it with fresh newspaper, and gingerly placed the little body inside.
Dug a hole in the earth and gave the poor thing a decent burial with a prayer, and then placed some heliconia flowers on the grave.
Brownie saying goodbyeRest in Peace little birdie.