Bird Brained

A wounded pigeonAs you know, I am “Soft as soap” when it comes to animals.  So when a pigeon walks into the ambulance station looking for help with his broken wing, it’s me he comes to.

The diagnosis of a broken wing is fairly easy to come to, as the wound is visible.  Unfortunately in East London there are no emergency 24 hour vet clinics, so I phoned the RSPCA who sent someone to come and collect it.

I was promptly mocked by some of my station-mates, one particularly evil woman wanted to wring it’s neck, but she doesn’t think that birds and fish are animals.

While I know that the chances of the RSPCA putting the pigeon to sleep are high, the man who collected it told me that if the break is not too near the shoulder they’ll let it rest and heal.

Broken WindowEither way, it’ll mean that I can face myself in the mirror, and sleep tonight.

Someone who I would like to wring their neck, is the gang of children who thought that it would be entertaining to throw a brick at our ambulance station.  They managed to crack a window, which will need replacing – and it’s likely that they will get away with this mindless act of vandalism.

Unfortunately this sort of disrespect is all too common for the emergency services, it’s what leads people to think that it is clever to shoot at firemen with air rifles, attack ambulance staff and do unspeakable things to the police.

17 thoughts on “Bird Brained”

  1. Seriously people, this is a flying rat. I'm all with the neck ringer! And as for the RSPCAs lack of funds, I bet some charity like, say the Big Issue, would love to have the lack of funds that they have. Y'know a charity that works with people.But I do agree that it is pretty terrible that people can attack paramedics and firemen.

  2. When I was working in LA I was threatened with crowbars had bottles thrown at our station and us. Once I even had a full can of beer thrown into the ambulance with me. Oh the great memories this brings back. It almost makes me think staying home with my kids is easy….

  3. which of the two thing in this post have more brains the bird or the kids???answer on the back of a fiver to

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    A ambo station


    that should boost you income 😀

  4. …the man who collected it told me that if the break is not too near the shoulder theyll let it rest and heal.Hhhm. I don't know about East London, but in my neck of the woods the RSPCA are hopeless with wildlife casualties, mostly due to woeful lack of funds.

    My gf is a wild-bird rehabilitator; the local vets refer casualties to her. When they phone the RSPCA about a wild casualty, they are told to euthanise the animal, never mind the species or its condition. Perhaps there's an RSPCA veterinary hospital near you which is able to take and treat such casualties, I don't know. If you find another injured bird, maybe you could try phoning your local vets and asking if there's a rehabber nearby that they'd recommend.

  5. Whilst I was happy to see the LAS finally get proper body armour like us coppers, the need for it is just another example of the tragic slide of society into a moral abyss.Rest assured, if (and we really do try in these cases) we catch the oxygen thieves that have attacked LAS / nurses, they get short shrift from us. Whilst, of course, we behave correctly and do not administer the 'rough justice' that some would prefer, there are other ways…

  6. I don't know – maybe they heard the crack about wringing the pigeons neck and wanted to make some kind of a protest!

  7. I dislike pigeons and rodents for the same reasons you like them. How is it possible not to hate something with a brain the size of a pea that still manages to outsmart most humans, though admitedly like most scavengers they do serve a purpose in an urban environment (how much decomposing food would we be wading in if the blighters were not around to eat it).

  8. As neck wringer woman I felt compelled to comment on my lack of compassion …it's a flying flea ridden rat with wings, get a life, get back on the road and do some bloody work!!!!!

  9. yeah people who attack Ambo Bods, Nurses, Firemen/women, even the RSPCA are really the vile of the world.. but police?……..

  10. I simply can't understand why the 'trend' of attacking emergency services ever emerged?? It has to be one of the weirdest acts indulged in by young morons. I can only just get my head round frustration leading to smashing stuff up, but I just don't 'get' it…can anyone explain it?Re Polly Pigeon..good for you Reynolds, vermin or endangered species makes no difference. People like us don't want to see anything suffer. I'd have done the same.

  11. So lovely to hear that you took some time to help the pigeon (btw great picture too) – poor things are so abused – apparently as are emergency services, which is shocking! Where did they get this idea from???If you do come across another hurt pigeon, you could try calling PICAS, they help councils deal with pigeon 'problems' using nonleathal methods and have good contacts with pigeon rehabilitators. Their website is at

  12. A life is a life. I regard your offspring as having an equal right to life as my dog or that pidgeon. You're lucky I love my dog.

  13. I love the idea that the pigeon knew where it was going to get help. I can just picture the mental process…”ouch, i'm really hurt…oh wait there's an ambulance station there, they'll help me for sure!”

  14. Good for you Reynolds re: Pigeon. I rescued one from the canal near vicky park, Bow a while back. I knew it was going to be OK when it gave me a peck for my trouble.And as someone who lives in East Ham – a big thumbs up for the great job you and your colleagues do. We appreciate it.

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