Butterfly With a Broken Leg


Austin, United States

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As I was running an errand this morning, I had to cross the street to get to the other side…duh! So I stepped out into the street now empty of vehicles and almost stepped on a little butterfly. It did not move. It did not even flutter its wing. It just sat in the middle of the road.

“Is it dead?”, I wondered. I leaned down to see, and it moved a bit. AHA! It was alive. I put my finger down to the little thing, and it crawled up on it. I then carried it across the street to the sidewalk and put it down in what I assumed would be a safe place. Then I thought to take a few photos, because it was gorgeous. I dug into my pack and pulled out the camera, but when I went to take the photo, the little one had folded up its wings as butterflies do when they want to become invisible to predators. So it was alive and able to respond to stimuli. That was a sign of life anyway. I snapped a few captures, and this is one of them. The bright flame or orange seems to say, “I’m ALIVE! NUMBER FIVE IS ALIVE!” (Oops! Got carried away….) Then I reached down and nudged butterfly back onto my finger, picked him up and talked to him, wishing him well. I sheltered him in my hand from the wind. When I put him back on the sidewalk, he really didn’t want to go. Reluctantly, I put him down. This time his wings were open and I took other captures. Then I left him there, hoping for the best. But as I reviewed my photos, I saw he had a broken leg. So it seems. He was also leaning to one side. I assumed he was hit by a car. Let’s hope he doesn’t become a traffic fatality!

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