Thursday, December 10, 2009

Isn't it Ironic? Don't You Think?

Coincidence - the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection.
Example - I write a post about Vultures and later in the day rescue an injured Turkey Vulture on the side of a busy highway.

Disgusting - a marked aversion aroused by something highly distasteful
Example - A black fly in your Chardonnay

Ironic - incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result
Example - A vulture that eats dead things in the road becomes roadkill after being hit in the road retrieving roadkill

State Road 82 is a terror of a two lane highway and collects its share of roadkill, animal and human and although I don't normally take this road home, I did today and hopefully a Turkey Vulture will be the better for it. As dump trucks and horse trailers zoomed by, I grabbed a tablecloth from the back of my car and dodge my way to the other side of the road where the injured bird flapped about helplessly.

I asked it calmly not to vomit on me as they often do to anything that stresses them. It peered up at me to wounded to regurgitate. I covered it and placed it in my car and made a quick call to C.R.O.W. - the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife and asked what to do. They directed me to an Animal Hospital in Lehigh Acres where the bird would then be shuttled to the rehab hospital along with an injured Opossum. It livened me up to see that someone else had rescued a typically unloved animal as well.

It was an utterly efficient process and I can only hope they can patch the bald-headed beauty up so he can get back out there to clean up the roadkill. I don't wish to pat myself on the back. I only wish others might have considered rescuing this bird instead of leaving it on the side of the road to become roadkill itself. Please consider donating to CROW or your local animal rehaber.

Glad I took that route home. Isn't it coincidental? Don't you think?


  1. Definetly a sign I'd say! Great you were able to save him. Always handy to have a random tablecloth in the car I guess haha

  2. Always good to have a box, a towel, a tablecloth or a turkey vulture carrying case

  3. i'm afraid to ask which tablecloth was it... but now that i think i know which one it is... E.D.S's lol.. good job saving that poor bird. love you!!

  4. It didn't vomit on it so all is well....