Monday, May 3, 2010

Harrowing Tale Of Possible Survival

So, Saturday we went to see the chicks and ended up with three. The
cutest little balls of fluff ever. The kids are all obsessed and I
don't think the chicks have had much time on the ground. Anyway today,
violet was mauling them as usual and left the cage open. I walked past
it who knows how much later, and the cage was open and Flutter was
GONE! After a brief search of the house, I realized that the outside
door was open and that my cat who was obsessed with the chicks had
most likely taken it. I ran out side and heard a faint chirp from
below the deck. I looked under and saw the tail of the cat. I screamed
and stomped the cat away, but the chick was frozen with fear and
possible injuries. I got a screwdriver to disassemble the deck, but I
couldn't get even one of the 12 or so screws required to remove the
board to budge. The cat, meanwhile, was still lurking close by and
made several attempts to reclaim it's prize. About this time, my
school aged kids came home. Hazel was a wreck. I had tried to crawl
under the deck, but couldn't get my butt through (this was one of the
saddest and most surprising developements). I begged Thomas to help.
After much convincing and crying, he went for it. He was crying for
the chick to come closer, while I was poking blindly with a giant
piece of rebar trying to urge it closer to Thomas. After a very tense
few minutes he cried that he had it, and tossed it's cold, fightened,
slightly mangled body out to our welcoming arms. He braved slugs and
mud and darkness to save that baby. He's my sweet hero. I've never
been so proud. Anyway, that chick better make it, or I'm gonna be
pissed.

24 comments:

Landee said...

This is...not what I expected after months of silence. But I'll take it. Hurray for only slightly mangled chicks!

Amanda said...

We had a duckling that died because it got too scared of a ferret. I'm glad chicks are more hearty.

Erin Beck said...

That was intense!

Memzy said...

"I had tried to crawl
under the deck, but couldn't get my butt through (this was one of the
saddest and most surprising developements)"

^^Best. Post. Ever.

But yeah to what Landee said.

Markie23 said...

You shoulda borrowed a neighbors dog, cuz I like it when the predator becomes the prey.

ManicMandee said...

You're back! Chicks are so cute. Chickens are nasty. What will you do then?

Emily said...

Finally! Where the heck have you been? Way to make a comeback. Thanks for the laugh!

Keep 'em coming!

Hot Pants said...

You went to great lengths to save that chick. I would have made the cat hurry and finish it off, then run to Zamzows and bought another one quick before Hazel saw. It's just the circle of life.

Jenny ESP said...

Katie! There you are! That was a harrowing tale, indeed.

Anna B said...

Totally random! But glad you are back. Will you be sticking around?

Princess Kimi said...

911 loves these kinds of calls. WTfreak were you thinking? Good for you tho doing it the hard way sans hawt officers saving it and giving your kids teddy bears.

Laura said...

That's awesome!

Maegen said...

epic. extremely insanely epic. you had me both gripping the edge of my seat and then laughing hysterically.

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Benjamin said...

SO cute!
Proper care & food will result a 100% survival of the chicks.
Good luck!

Institute for Internet Safety said...

That was really intense! My son had a bird and the cat was always staring at the cage like he wanted to eat it.  Thank goodness you were there!

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