Rescuing was always about private initiative I guess. Some of us have a soft spot for cats, dogs, baby birds, turtles..whatever. So, you rescue one, then another, then you meet some people who feel the same, make an organization, rescue some more, get organized and then the state comes along and says: “I couldn’t care less about baby birds, but since you do, here’s some money. You do the hard work and I act cool and generous”.
It sounds logical right? Meh, not for the Greek government. And it’s not just about the dogs and the cats – those might be considered “trivial” (you know what I mean), but wildlife deserves better! I mean…it’s wildlife…
I was walking my dogs this morning, and the found a baby bird in the middle of the road – he was so tiny that a woman crossing the street almost stepped on it (and then she almost had a heart attack when I screamed at her to watch her step). She mumbled something like “it’s mum will come get it” (it’s the typical “convince yourself of a ridiculous utopic scenario where you are not involved and carry on with your life” attitude).
I picked it up, went back home, I put it in a cardboard box and called Anima (an organization that dos what we do, but for wildlife). I was expecting to get instructions on how to care for the baby, but a very strict voice on the other end of the line ordered me to take it to them immediately. So I did.
(Ok, the little one had to listen to me teaching Spanish for an hour and a half, while he was complaining in his box – I couldn’t leave him at home, and I had to go to work, so the only solution was to have him accompany me in class).
The ANIMA place is nothing fancy. Somewhere in a central suburb of Athens, there is this two-three room first floor “infirmary”, where birds like mine are properly taken care of. The girl saw my little rescue and she immediately recognized the species (she told me and I have already forgotten…). She promised that the volunteers will do the best they can to keep him alive. I thanked her, I donated and I left.
ANIMA takes in birds and other wild animals from all over the country. Taking just one look at their Facebook page is enough “aww” for an entire week. Every day I feel like volunteering, and then, well, you know, I just don’t have the time.
Τα αγαπημένα αδελφάκιαδυο πελαργάκια από την Καρδίτσα σταλμένα από το σωματείο Διασώζω. Έπεσε η φωλιά και δυστυχώς δεν βρέθηκε τρόπος να επισκευασθεί άμεσα, το δε μικρό είχε και τραύματα από την πτώση. Είναι στην ΑΝΙΜΑ και όπως βλέπετε έχουν όρεξη μεγάλη για ζωή και φαγητό.
Posted by ΑΝΙΜΑ – Σύλλογος Προστασίας και Περίθαλψης Άγριας Ζωής on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
But you know what’s impressive about ANIMA? It is based 100% on volunteer work and donations. Nope, the government does not care about wildlife. I felt so stupid for complaining about the little help we get for rescuing dogs and cats. Here’s an organization that takes in, feeds, treats and returns to the wild baby storks, owls, deer…you name it, and yet they have to pay for rent, food, medicine and everything else themselves. How ridiculous is that?
Anyway, the bottom line is (apart from you keeping your fingers crossed for my grumpy baby bird), if you wish to make a small donation to ANIMA, it will be more than welcome. In ten years they have taken in 16.697 birds, 658 mammals and 2250 reptiles – now that’s impressive! Their website is in Greek, but you can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or message their Facebook page, and find out how to support them (Ah! You can also virtually adopt a baby owl or something!!)
Damn! I forgot to name my bird! 😛