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What critters have you saved from certain death?

I thought of this topic just now as I just rescued a Butterfly that had gotten inside the net for our pool and was frantically trying to get out. I have also saved many many turtles from getting run over by cars. I saved one Bull Snake from the same fate. I saved a Ring-billed Gull that had gotten tangled up in fishing line and had a hook embedded in it. One of the turtles I saved pictured below.

If you have an interesting story to go with your hero actions please tell it.

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I almost forgot I also saved a Carolina Wren that had gotten it's leg stuck between two fence pickets and was frantically trying to escape. This was in our yard. We saw it for sure a few times later holding it's foot up against it's chest standing on one foot. So I wasn't in time to keep it from injuring itself but I'm pretty sure it made a full recovery after a few days as we haven't seen any of the wrens that visit our yard holding it's foot up or having one that just dangles. Individuals are hard to tell apart though so it is hard to know for sure. How I helped this one was by grabbing a rag and gently covering the bird with it and gently holding it still while I freed the leg. 

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I saved a mouse one cold winter from being stuck in a warm house.  My house but not my mouse.  I apologized to the critter for being evicted and then escorted it out the front door.  Also, one time I released an American Coot from some fishing line that was wrapped around one of its legs.

Another time I stopped in the middle of the road to rescue an injured dove that was being picked at by some crows.  I thought it was dead but it wasn't, so I took it with me not knowing what I was going to do with it since I was on my way to work.  I stopped at a gas station and by coincidence the driver of the vehicle next to me worked at a local bird rescue center.  She took possession of the injured party and off to work I went.

 

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On 9/2/2022 at 4:29 PM, xpoetmarcr said:

I saved a mouse one cold winter from being stuck in a warm house.  My house but not my mouse.  I apologized to the critter for being evicted and then escorted it out the front door.  Also, one time I released an American Coot from some fishing line that was wrapped around one of its legs.

Another time I stopped in the middle of the road to rescue an injured dove that was being picked at by some crows.  I thought it was dead but it wasn't, so I took it with me not knowing what I was going to do with it since I was on my way to work.  I stopped at a gas station and by coincidence the driver of the vehicle next to me worked at a local bird rescue center.  She took possession of the injured party and off to work I went.

 

Love the mouse story.? I would have evicted it too. It never just stays one mouse if you don't.

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At a local park one morning I noticed a mallard frantically flapping its wings alongside a boardwalk that goes out into a marshy area. I ran over to see what it was stuck on but soon realized a large snapping turtle had the duck by one of its feet. I know I shouldn't interfere with natural predation, every animal has to eat but the duck kept looking at me as if begging me to help him so I got a sturdy stick and started hitting the turtle's shell with the butt end of the stick until it finally let go of the duck which then scampered off relatively unharmed. To even things out, I once rescued a snapping turtle that was literally balanced on a railroad track, all four legs were off the ground and it couldn't go anywhere and I heard the train coming in the distance!

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i've rescued hummingirds from my former porch, and this and that insect.  I also got some fishing line out of a tree at the local fishing lakes before any birds got caught. The ranger let me stand on the hood of his truck.

One night I was driving from Albuquerque to Santa Fe when a man flagged me down on the side of the road.  He said that if I would just tell him which way the traffic was going, he could get started again.  His breath smelled like nail-polish remover.  I talked him into letting me take him to a hotel in Santa Fe.  He paid for his room with cash, and I left him a note telling him where his car was.

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12 hours ago, Jerry Friedman said:

i've rescued hummingirds from my former porch, and this and that insect.  I also got some fishing line out of a tree at the local fishing lakes before any birds got caught. The ranger let me stand on the hood of his truck.

One night I was driving from Albuquerque to Santa Fe when a man flagged me down on the side of the road.  He said that if I would just tell him which way the traffic was going, he could get started again.  His breath smelled like nail-polish remover.  I talked him into letting me take him to a hotel in Santa Fe.  He paid for his room with cash, and I left him a note telling him where his car was.

You are indeed brave sir. I have no problem dodging traffic to save a turtle but a man under these circumstances I have to admit I would be afraid.

I did something similar with fishing line once though I did not need to stand on a truck. Someone had wound a ton of fishing line around some bushes that I removed. It wasn't easy. It was tangled in the bush and there was so much of it. I spent an hour removing it all.

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3 hours ago, Clip said:

I'm pretty sure this is a baby Common Snapping Turtle

That one looks like it may be a year or two old at least.

This is a hatchling from our local nesting site that I moved off the trail a couple of days ago. They are tiny (shell about an inch) and easily missed by pedestrians and cyclists.

Snapping Turtle hatchling HVT-7530242.jpg

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32 minutes ago, RobinHood said:

That one looks like it may be a year or two old at least.

This is a hatchling from our local nesting site that I moved off the trail a couple of days ago. They are tiny (shell about an inch) and easily missed by pedestrians and cyclists.

Snapping Turtle hatchling HVT-7530242.jpg

Thank you good information.

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I have redirected traffic around a stunned Barred Owl at 4am on a main road to give it a chance to recover before I tried to physically move it. When I went to pick it up it was able to fly away and land in a tree, and I didn’t see any other injuries on the bird, so I’m sure it survived.  I didn’t get any photos. 

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