Let Nature Take Its Course?
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org


Jim Robertson, Exposing the Big Game
May 2014

Over the weekend, my wife and I had the always-rewarding opportunity to save another life. We donít get all the credit of course; we only brought the stranded murre to the local wildlife rebab center. But as the rehabber pointed out, those birds donít last long on exposed beaches like that, with all the cars and dogs running off leash who might happen by.

Starving or otherwise stressed pelagic birds, like murres and grebes, loons and others, sometimes get washed in on the storms and find themselves too weak to make it back past the breakers.

Last year, when I was rescuing just such a stuck sea bird who was washed up on the beach, a busy body local (probably resentful that the birds sometimes eat fish) tried to convince me to leave the bird and let nature take its course. I wanted to tell him to butt out and mind his own mortality.

murre grebes
Photo by Jim Robertson,
Animals in the Wild

When I relayed the story to the rehabber she said what Iíve always thought: How often does the busy body local visit a doctor? Implied was the question: Why doesnít he just let nature take its course next time heís sick or injured?

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