The day I had a bird named after me

RSPCA Magpie Rescue 4

Just yesterday my friends and I thought we’d take advantage of the beautiful sunny weather Brisbane has been shining on us and we headed to the park for a BBQ lunch. After stuffing ourselves with yummy salads and fresh fruits, we picked a grassy spot under a huge gum tree and lay down to relax. As it turned out, we weren’t going to do much relaxing. There in the tree, 20 metres above us, were two magpies. One sat watching helplessly as it’s friend flapped viciously, trying to free itself from a branch. It appeared caught in something, hanging upside down and terribly frightened.

I instantly grabbed for my phone, searching for a bird rescue organisation, eventually reaching Sally from Pelican and Seabird Rescue Inc. (On a side note, if you’re wondering, Magpies are not a seabird but this organisation actually rescues all native Australian birds).

Twenty minutes later I found myself standing on the street flagging down the fire brigade. Soon after Sally arrived and then the RSPCA. We watched as the police were contacted to close off the road, all the while the crowd around the tree grew bigger and bigger.

RSPCA Magpie Rescue 1

RSPCA Magpie Rescue 2

RSPCA Magpie Rescue 3

The fire brigade lifted one of the RSPCA rescuers up into the tree, cutting the helpless bird free and bringing her safely to the ground. Of course, the crowd cheered with delight! Well, except for one lady who decided to moan about the fire brigade being used for ‘such a silly purpose’. Don’t worry, I gave her a piece of my mind.

RSPCA Magpie Rescue 6

Channel 7 even decided it was news-worthy.

RSPCA Magpie Rescue 5

On the magpie’s leg was a fishing hook, fishing line and sinker. The hook had pierced the top of her claw and the line had begun to cut the circulation off in her foot. Despite this, all limbs and wings were ok and the rescuers gave her a 70-80% chance of being released again within the next two days.

While this lucky magpie escaped relatively unharmed, this is a perfect example of just how damaging discarded fishing equipment and other rubbish can be to our bird and sea life. It should be a reminder to us all to clean up after ourselves.

I have to say how impressed I was at how seriously Sally, the RSPCA and the fire brigade took the situation and how quickly and efficiently they responded to the call. Hats off to you guys!

After the crowd had cleared away, Sally thanked me for contacting her. She told me they always name the birds they rescue and they had decided to name this little bird ‘Alana’. Awwww my heart melted. It’s almost a fairy-tale ending.

And that’s the story of how I had a bird named after me.

Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend.


8 Responses to The day I had a bird named after me

  1. Virginia Kop August 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Well done, Alana! I wonder if this will be on the RSPCA programmes from Oz that we receive in the UK? Shall have to watch regularly – although it could be a few years as the channel repeats & repeats, etc, etc.
    Oz magpies are different from ours, but still very beautiful!

  2. Theresa August 19, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Well done Alana – and good on you for telling that woman off! Why she would think that rescuing a bird is “a silly reason” is beyond me. ALL living creatures should have our love and respect.

  3. sewgorgeous August 19, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    wow! what an eventful lunch! never a dull moment with you Alana!!!

  4. Alana August 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I didn’t know you got the Australian RSPCA programme over there. That’s very interesting. x

  5. Alana August 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    My thoughts exactly Theresa! Considering it was a human that caused this poor bird the problem in the first place, I think it’s the least we could do. x

  6. Alana August 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Haha, I don’t know about that Jaye! But it definitely was entertaining. x

  7. whatisasocialworker September 14, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    What a sweet, sweet story! Thank you for being you! I wonder if that bird now has a keen sense of creativity!

    • Alana September 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

      Thanks Jess. Unfortunately the little bird died not so long after :-(. It was all pretty sad but we did our best. x