Today, March 6, 2015, my best friend Lacey and I went to the beach.
When we stepped on the beach and walked next to the water to find a spot to lay out, I had noticed a seagull with a broken wing. I pointed it out to Lacey, and we instantly had the same idea of trying to get the bird help.
We walked alongside the bird for quite some some, trying to build trust so we could catch it. A lifeguard had seen us and Lacey spoke with him asking if there's any way he could help. He told her he was going to call animal control. After waiting half an hour, we heard nothing back and saw no one.
It had been a while of us running up and down the beach trying to keep the bird near us. At one point the bird even got tired so it sat down, and we managed to sit next to it about a foot away maybe less. Now that the bird was resting I called a local animal care center asking if there was anything they could do for it.
The woman I spoke to also told me she was going to call animal control and have them call me. But another while passed and we were on foot again chasing the bird in attempts to capture it. We eventually ended up in a parking lot that had short walls and fences, which was actually perfect because now Lacey and I could try cornering it.
There were two woman watching us with concern, and I said to them "I promise we're not being mean to the bird. We're trying to help it." I explained to them there was a care center near by that we are going to take it to if we catch it. During this explanation we came to a corner with the bird and I managed to get it close enough in the corner that Lacey was able to toss the towel she had on top of it. Then I was about to grab the bird and wrap it up. So I handed it off to Lacey, while she stayed talking to the two women, I ran to get our stuff.
On my way back I called the care center again letting them know we caught it and that we were going to bring it to them. But the woman informed me that there was currently an animal control officer there and he was going to come to us. She instructed us to go to the police base on the pier. The woman Lacey was talking to offered to drive us there. So we did, we drove there and waited for the officer to show up.
I thanked the woman and told her I truly appreciated what she did. She was glad to help. I said to her I'm sure you've got things to do, and she agreed. I told her we'll wait here, and she was kind enough to ask us if we had water and stuff, I told her we're all set. So she left. A few minutes later the animal control officer showed up and took the bird away in a carrier. Unfortunately the they were not allowed to inform us whether or not the bird ended up okay. But spending an hour and a half with it was amazing, I truly hope that seagull is happy we helped.