A Sad Story

     I thank my friend Gail Saul for sending me this sad, but touching story. 
     While I don’t know if the written commentary truly corresponds to what the bird was feeling, I am sure that the bird was indeed feeling emotional pain.
     I am heartened that this story was seen/read by millions of people because I think that we humans need to develop empathy for other species.  Many of them do have emotional lives, despite the widespread belief to the contrary.–April Moore 
A Picture Story On Swallows… Swallows.

Here his mate is injured and the condition is fatal.

She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.

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Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.

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He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead. 
He tried to move her….a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

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Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again…

He cries with adoring love…

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He stood beside her, saddened at her death… 

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Finally aware that she would never return to him…

He stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow . 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

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  Millions of people cried after watching this picture in America and Europe and even in India.

It is said that the photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous

newspaper in France.

All copies of that newspaper were sold out on the day these pictures were published.

And many people think animals don’t have a brain or feelings?????

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

5 Responses to “A Sad Story”

  1. Joan Brundage Says:

    How beautiful and moving! My husband and I have witnessed grieving Quails who have lost their mates. Of course, birds are sentient beings also!

  2. NADEEM AKBAR Says:

    This is the most sad scene i have ever seen :_-(

  3. ashok Says:

    Its really a sad story, sad more bcoz its us who are affecting their world and still thinking that humanity is prospering , reaching new heights of evolution.

    Why we human cannot understand that its not necessary that we should evolve , always should bring changes… we can live a simple life…

    just live and let live

  4. RAJESH AMAR Says:

    IT IS TRUE THAT ALL THE BEINGS IN THE UNIVERSE HAVE FEELINGS. MOST OF THEM CANNOT BE SEEN BY US. BUT MANY TIMES WHEN WE GET A CHANCE TO BE CLOSE TO NATURE, WE ARE ABLE TO SEE IT. I REMEMBER A GIBBON AND A HYENA IN BORIVALI NATIONAL PARK ON OUTSKIRTS OF BOMBAY WHO EXHIBITED LOVE OPENLY. AFTER FEW VISITS I BECAME FRIENDLY WITH THESE TWO LOVELY ANIMALS. WHEN EVER I USED TO GO NEAR THEIR CAGES AND CALL OUT THEY WOULD COME CLOSE TO THE EDGE OF CAGE FOR PHYSICAL PROXIMITY. THE FEMALE GIBBON WOULD PUT HER ARM AROUND MY NECK AND THEN PROD ME TO RUN MY HAND TO SCRATCH ITS BACK. SIMILARLY, HYENA WOULD COME OUT OF ITS HIDING PLACE IN 2 ACRE CAGE AND RUB CLOSER FOR GETTING THAT HUMAN TOUCH OF MY HANDS. IT WOULD NEVER BE AFRAID. MY OWN CHILDREN AND FEW OTHERS AROUND BECAME FRIENDLY WITH THESE LOVELY CREATURES. THEY RESPONDED TO THE LOVE……

  5. Ian Says:

    Touching story, and I wish it were true. But the pictures are clear that the birds are fighting. Nature is savage most of the time! A bird doesn’t feed another by hovering over it as shown in the first picture. That is a fighting posture.

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