This week’s best moment

By Caitlin Kelly

 

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It always starts with a bang.

We now know what it is — a tiny bird has hit our sixth-floor windows mid-flight and fallen, stunned and possibly injured, onto our balcony.

I heard it, jumped up and was there within seconds to find a tiny gray bird lying there.

We have a routine now. We get water and, very gently, pick them up, hold them and drop a tiny bit of water onto their beak.

If we’re lucky, they revive.

It takes a while — poor wee things are disoriented from the impact.

This little one sat very calmly in my left palm for maybe 15 minutes as (s?)he came back to himself.

What an amazing privilege it is to see and hold a wild creature, even briefly, and help them recover.

Our apartment is literally at the tree-tops so, after a few uncertain hops on the balcony, he flew back into them.

World's Biggest Beaver Dam Discovered, (Yes, In Canada), Visible From Space

A Beaver Was Here
That's why they call them busy...Image by basheertome via Flickr

Take that, you lazy-assed American beavers!

The world’s biggest dam, believed to be 30+ years old, has been found in northern Alberta, reports AFP:

A 652-meter structure in Three Forks in the US state of Montana previously held the record for world’s largest beaver dam.

Thie said he also found evidence that beavers were repopulating old habitats after being hunted extensively for pelts in past centuries.

“They’re invading their old territories in a remarkable way in Canada,” he said. “I found huge dams throughout Canada, and beaver colonies with up to 100 of them in a square kilometer.”

“They’re re-engineering the landscape,” he said.

I know that this is really big news. For Canadians — whose five-cent piece has a beaver on it. For beavers, of course.

I wonder what space aliens think when they see it.

“Damn, that’s big?”