Local Victim Caught In Hurricane Irene

My name is Sarah Schmidt and I am a first grade teacher at Waterville School. I live in St. Johnsville, NY. On Sunday afternoon, during the peak of Hurricane Irene, my Labrador Linus refused to come in. I found him laying on the ground whining with his nose in a gutter. I persisted to call his name but he wouldn’t budge. I figured there must be something he wanted in the drain. After moving him, I realized that there was a tiny bird inside, soaked from the storm. He was not only unable to fly but had much difficulty moving. I immediately wrapped it in a towel and brought him inside. I placed the towel with the bird in a box. I used tweezers to feed the bird pieces of moist bread. By evening, the bird’s feathers dried somewhat and it began to move a little. Linus had guarded the box all day, to my belief, feeling like a hero. We plan to release the bird once the weather is nice and it is able to fly again. During disasters like this, we forget that humans are not the only ones affected.

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