Blackford Hill & A Crow Called Jon Snow

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Saturday was one of those kind of typical sunny/grey/rainy days that you get during a Scottish Summer, so a bunch of us went for a meander out to Blackford, one of the hills in the city. It's one of the dogs' favourite spots - there is all sorts of stuff to do and small. It's a favourite of mine too because there is something for whatever mood you are in - meadows, woodland, a quarry, a river, a duck pond and an observatory on top! We had loads of fun playing fetch with the dogs, watching them play in the river, and in my case taking photos of absolutely everything
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If you follow me on Twitter you will have already heard a little of this story. Close to the end of our walk we heard a commotion under a bridge so we went to explore, as we approached a bunch of crow (a murder of crows?) flew away and we spotted what looked like a dead bird half in the water. Originally we just planned to move it, mainly so the dogs didn't eat the poor thing, but when we got closer we realised it was still alive. After a quick discussion about whether we should just put the poor guy out of his misery we picked him up and had a look over him. He had a wound on his chest, and he was too young to fly, but other than that he seemed pretty alert so we decided to take him home with us.

I've got to admit, carrying him home was pretty scary. I think I stopped every couple of minutes to check he was still breathing, but eventually we made it back and managed to clean him up a bit. We even came up with a name for him, Jon Snow (because, obviously). He even took a little bit of water, and seemed perfectly happy to fall asleep in a shoe box on our kitchen table. I really wish we could have kept him, but with dogs and cats in our house it just didn't seem like a realistic idea, so we called the SSPCA and they came and picked him up. They weren't as positive about his chances, but they said they would take him and do what they could. Weirdly though, I haven't been able to get him out of my mind. It's silly how quickly you can become attached to an animal, and I really wish I knew if he was okay, but mainly I am just glad that he didn't die alone under that bridge. 

Have you guys ever taken an animal home with you? I can remember getting in lots of trouble when I was little for trying to bring a rat I found in the street home. I don't think I named him though. 
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9 comments

  1. Aw, sounds like you did the right thing. My family brought home a baby bird that fell from his nest. He wasn't injured though. I thought the best thing to do in that situation was put him back (it was in a sheltered area) so his mother could feed him on the ground. She did!

    We dubbed him Birdwell and thought about him a lot too.

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  2. This shows how big that heart is of yours!!! I love that you care for animals!!!

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  3. Beautiful pictures! I love your blog!!

    http://n-julie.blogspot.fr/

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  4. I once took a retriever home with me cause we had watched it for at least four hours and there was no owner or other people to be seen. We had her for 3 weeks until we had to take her to the vets when she became a bit unwell and the owner found her there. These owners said they stayed across the road from the beach we found her!

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  5. Oh my gosh I'm the exact same way with animals. What a sweet story! And I wanna come over to Scotland and hang out in the places you're hanging out in! Blackford looks incredible!

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  6. I hope the birdy is okay! And I love that you named it John Snow:)

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  7. Oh the dogs look so happy!


    Maria xxx

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  8. I love stories like this! (and what great photos of your dogs) I found a bird stuck upside in a tree caught by fishing wire. It was flapping like crazy trying to get free, the warden who maintained the park wouldn't do anything and said it would probably get eaten in the night and if we stayed up the tree much longer while trying to free it we would get fined £2,000. When the warden left we got a kitchen knife, sawed through the branch and as soon as the bird got loose and flew away we legged it!
    Jodie

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  9. Thank you for sharing the story of that little crow. I know exactly how you feel. When I was a little girl, my parents and I rescued all sorts of animals and Jen and I are the same way. Sometime in '11, I was getting the mail and a little dog ran across the street, so I followed him, picked him up. He was cold, and filthy. I brought him home, luckily he had a tag, so I called his owners and there was no answer, so I left a message. His owners called back, saying he was their mother's and she was older and couldn't find him, so they came and picked him up. I was so happy. They returned an hour later, which was nearing 11 PM and had an Old Navy gift card for me. I didn't need a reward, I was so happy to save Jeter and get him home, but I was so touched!!! In Utah, it's illegal however to move or take in any wild animal. x.x I hate that. I found a snake while biking and couldn't even move him, so he ended up dying and I still feel horrible. I am so glad you did what you could for little Jon Snow, hehe. I also love the area in which you live, simply gorgeous!

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