Friday, July 24, 2009

A sad moment today...

Today I had to run to City Hall to pick up the HEB card and go shopping for tonight's dive-in. Well, as I was driving back to the Library, I saw a pigeon standing in the middle of the road. He was stading next to something I couldn't quite make out. As I got closer, he didn't move... So I slowed down and thought "Is this bird suicidal?".

Usually they fly out of the way, but this pigeon was strange. I had the oddest, most profound feeling that he wanted to die. He stared right at me with such a sad expression. It was one of those profound moments that seems to slow down time... I know, it sounds crazy for some bird to be acting that way... but it really looked like he was... I don't even know how to explain it.

So we stared at each other for a few moments and then he finally flew off when my car got pretty close. It was then that I noticed that the unidentifiable thing on the ground was actually a dead pigeon's body. The poor thing has just been run over recently. And that one bird had stood by the other's side. He was so determined not to leave her... It was very touching.

I found myself wondering if pigeons mate for life, so when I got back to the library I looked it up. And yes, they do mate for life...

So that poor bird had lost his loved one and he just stood there... looking like he wanted to follow her in death...


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