Monday, March 16, 2009

Who says only humans have feelings?

A friend of mine sent me these photos of a dying bird and its mate.
According to her information,
they were taken by a photographer in the Ukraine,
who, in turn, sold them to a newspaper in France.
It is said that on the date of publication,
millions of people cried after viewing them
and that all copies of the newspaper were sold out that day.

A bird lies on the pavement, critically injured.

Bringing nourishment, the bird's mate flies down to comfort her.

Attempting to move her, he seems shocked by her death.

Realizing she is dead and will not come back to him,
he cries out in adoring love.

He stands besides her and screams, saddened by her death.

Finally, aware that she will not return to him,
he stands beside her in sorrow.

"Love is not finding someone to live with;
it is finding someone you don't want to live without."
author unknown


WishTrish said...

I've got goosebumps. Isn't it amazing how these photos of wildlife loving touch in us a deep penetrating understanding of our own feelings? Thanks for sharing!

I'm dropping by to welcome you to SITS. You are gonna L*O*V*E the SITStahood! Happy Mondaying!

carma said...

that is so touching and sad :-( The photos say so much...

On a brighter note, came by to say "hi" and welcome you to SITS. I know that you will enjoy being a part of this vibrant group of women bloggers.

carma :-)

Country Romantic said...

Hi Sue,

I got this in an email a few weeks ago too and it just made me cry. It really makes you stop and think about life going on around us. ALL the creatures are living beings with feelings. :)

Hugs & Blessings,


K said...

That is beautiful and yet completely heart breaking.

Welcome to SITS!

Rachael said...

that was quite powerful, beautiful + touching. and so sad. i do love that quote.

i am stopping by to welcome you to SITS, we are thrilled to have you join us!

Ann On and On... said...

Excuse me while I blow my nose into my sleeve. Oh, how sad. I have a super big weakness to animals.

Stopped by to welcome you to SITS and invite you to be a part of my giveaway. Jump over and check it out. If you have time read about my "I love being carded!" card swap. Everyone likes "good mail", right.

Lisa M said...

those birds were so beautiful. Thanks for sharing that.

Just dropping by to welcome you to the SITStahood.

Brandy said...

That is so sad!

Just dropped in to welcome you to SITS!

Mandy said...

That is so sweet and so sad at the same time.
I came by to say Welcome to SITS! I'm with the Welcome Wagon and we are so glad you joined us. As I'm sure you already know, it's a fabulous group of ladies!
Enjoy your day,

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Sue

Amazing photos of such a sad scene. I know some birds mate for life and I've heard of swans starving themselves to death after their mate dies.

Susie Q said...

Did you get out to Harrigans or Dublin?

We were taking my Mom and our Gracie so stuck to Beef O'Brady's near us. It was lots of fun. Good corned beef and cabbage and Irish music! I have never seen so many people wearin' o the green! *laugh*

I hope you had a lovely St. Paddy's surely was a beautiful day wasn't it?


Susie from Bienvenue said...

Isnt that just something! Last year I brought my daughter to the pet store to buy her a bird. One bird! The pet store "man" said they really needed to stay in pairs. That means two birds to buy. Who was I to take away someones we came home with two zebra finch that day. They sang,they loved,they laid eggs! The eggs never hatched and Im not sure why but anyway about 6 months ago the Man bird died. Momma bird was so besides herself. She sat by him for hours and we watched and wasnt really sure what to do. Her songs were no longer happy..
After a bit we took Man bird out and out and laid him to rest. Momma bird took weeks before she ever made a peep. I did go back to the store in search of another and they were worried she would not take to New Man. Momma bird has healed her heart and once again sings.. Although her songs sounds very different than before...weird but oh so sweet. Thank you for sharing this story with me and allowing me to share mine~

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Oh that was so sad. Poor bird. Poor mate. Animals share feelings just like us humans. We too often seem to forget this. Thanks for the reminder.

I found your blog through SITS and wanted to say Welcome!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Sue!
This is such a moving view of true love in nature! And the quote is so absolutely true isn't it? Very heartfelt story.

It's impossible to eat sensibly when vacationing eating out! I think that's the time to really enjoy food. It would be great to have our outing, the weather is getting so nice. Let me know when your back! I work part time with varied hrs so I can plan a wk ahead. Have a great time!!

Hugs, Sherry

Joy said...

Oh my goodness, I had to scroll quickly through - I hadn't seen this before and it just about broke my heart.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh sure made me cry. I love to watch the pair of doves that live in my yard. xo Lynn

Julie said...

That's just heartbreaking.

blondiensc said...

Oh wow, I almost cried, that is soo sad...makes you realize that love goes beyond human emotion...animals needs love just as much as we do~
Thanks for visiting my blog you handy woman what you have goin' on here!! be back soon~