Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness ~ Rachael and the Hawk


This is my second and final contribution to the Random Acts of Kindness blogfest sponsored by Wayman Publishing. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my first story. It has been amazing to read your stories as well. There are so many good people in this world and I'm grateful to Elisa for coming up with this brilliant idea for a blogfest. It has created a balance in my life after all the very bad news coming to me via TV from Oregon, to Oklahoma, to Sweden even, to the Middle East and around the world.

Please click on this image in my sidebar for more information on this blogfest.

The random acts of kindness toward both animals and people that my friend Rachael has performed throughout her life must count in the hundreds, if not more. In the six years I have known her, she has been incredibly kind to me, and she has rescued several animals as they randomly crossed her path, including a dumped pet California tortoise, a bearded dragon, a squirrel and, well you get the picture. 

While Rachael worked part-time at a wildlife refuge outside Los Angeles, a call came in that an injured hawk was down in a large shopping center nearby. Since the employees were not allowed to go out on actual rescue missions, Rachael noted the place where the hawk was last seen. Several hours later, after work, she couldn't just leave the hawk to its fate. It would either be run over by a car, caught by a dog, or by a coyote in the night, so she drove over to the shopping center.

Once there, Rachael walked around and asked people if they had seen the bird. This was one of those really huge centers with big box stores, like Costco and Walmart, but no one had seen the hawk. Something told Rachael not to give up, so as dusk turned to darkness, she began to pray. She prayed she would be able to find the bird and to help it. Suddenly, there it was, right in front of her, a large hawk, badly injured. She managed to get the bird to her car where she had a carrier she keeps for situations like this. Once there, she got a young man to help her get the carrier out so she could place the hawk in it. 

Rachael drove back to the wildlife refuge and let someone in charge know the bird was there. The following morning the vet checked the hawk and determined it was too badly injured and could not be saved. While this was a sad ending to Rachael's efforts to save the bird, she was still glad she found him so that the ending of his life was humane and not painful. 

Then, Rachael told me, the hawk's mate called a sad and haunting call from a nearby tree. She had watched over him all this time while he dragged himself around the shopping center, badly injured. And she knew they would not see each other again, so she called her sad farewell as Rachael carried him away. 

Rachael with Orion, the Great Horned Owl 







23 comments:

  1. a sad but beautiful story, she is a great lady to do what she does. that owl is so beautiful...

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  2. What an amazing story! Just reading this post has lifted me. Blessings to Rachael and to you!

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  3. That story made me sad. I hate to read about animals or birds that are hurt. But it's the law of the jungle, I guess. Rachael is a person of sympathy and good looking too.

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  4. That's a very interesting story. Animals definitely have emotions. I really enjoyed your story.

    As part of my Random Acts of Kindness participation, I'm sharing a link for a fellow blogger of mine. He's had some blogging trouble for a while and had to start a brand new blog. So I'm sharing one of his links to help him get some of his followers back. Here's the link. I hope you'll check out his blog: http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/2013/05/bits-and-pieces-and-dr-sally-ride.html

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  5. :( That's so bittersweet.
    I love those animal helper people. They are good eggs:)

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  6. What a sad story but thankfully less sad due to her caring. She is a very special person and you are lucky to have her in your life.

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  7. A wonderfully told story of Rachel and her kindness. Some people are gifted when it comes to helping wild creatures. Bless her.

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  8. That's so beautiful, Inger. Yes, it's sad that the hawk died, but I, too, am glad the act was performed in a humane manner.

    Love,
    Janie

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  9. This story made me tear up... So sad! What a wonderful heart Rachael has!! Love the picture of her with the owl. Thank you for sharing this bittersweet story, Inger.

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  10. We are grateful for people like Rachel.

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  11. What a wonderful story, even if it didn't have the happy ending we all would have preferred.

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  12. Hi Inger - animals are amazingly sentient to life and their own .. much more so than we realise .. I'm pleased he had a humane ending at least .. but sad for the mate left in the skies above ... cheers Hilary

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  13. Hey there! We just nominated you for a Wordpress Family Award. Please come on over to our blog on June 6th to find out what the heck that is. Juliet atCity Muse Country Muse

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  14. Thank you Juliet Bond, I'm curious now.

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  15. Rachael is an amazing person. But this story is so bittersweet. I can hear the cray of the hawk's mate.

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  16. Sadly, we cannot win every challenge we face. But I was wonderful that Rachel cared so well for him. I wish every animal, and person, who is hurt, would receive that kind of thoughtful caring.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting, Life in the Urban Forest (poetry).

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  17. It's always so very sad when an injured animal has to leave its natural habitat, and this story illustrates that completely. Rachael is a wonderful woman--I know that by her acts of kindness. Anyone who truly loves animals has a good heart. :-) I love the changes you've made to your blog headings and appearance, Inger. :-) Debra

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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