Hero cop saves baby bird (well, with our help!)

Hero Cop saves baby bird!

You are all going to love this story!
In a day and age where our Police Department and officials get so much bad press, this should be on the front page of every paper as a human interest story.
I had just finished watching the Mets beat the Marlins 6-4 and being down to my last pair of skivvies, ran out the door to facilitate doing my vast mountain of laundry.
Somewhere between wash and dry I grabbed my copy of “The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent” by Esther and Jerry Hicks and sat in the park by Broadway and Van Cortland Park South to read.
And there I was, on the way back to the Laundromat when a tiny speck fell directly in front of me, into the crosswalk onto Broadway and 238 street.
Peep, peep, peep.
“Oh crap, do I really need this now?” I thought as a 5 week old, grey Starling baby with fuzzy ears looked up at me as if to say “are you my mommy and where’s the damn worm already?”
Now I knew that my laundry was nearly done, but I could not just walk away from this tiny, defenseless creature, who after all was a native New Yorker!
So I scooped her up and carried her to the sidewalk and the safety of all the parked cars.
She decided that my shoulder would be a good perch, and once there absolutely refused to depart. I walked to my car and placed my book and glasses in it, looked up to the heavens and proclaimed “okay, what now?”
I decided to walk back to the subway from which the baby fell as I thought perhaps the mom or dad would scoop the wee one up, and off to the nest they would go.
No such luck. The Starlings made runs at the baby, and seemed to even be attempting to hurt it? By now a crowd was forming as the baby scooted back and forth from pole to car and car to tree, and then it happened:
A large bus pulled around the corner from Kingsbridge Avenue and the babe decided that it would be a nice place to rest, directly in front of the huge rear tires!
I tried to scoot it away as a young lady from Brooklyn (I forgot her name) screamed for me to stop. Thankfully as the bus departed the baby moved and I ran to, once again, scoop it off to safety.
But I needed to get to my laundry, so I asked the girl to make sure the bird was safe for ten minutes and she did.
As I finished grabbing the now mostly dry mountain of laundry, she stood at the door waiting, baby in hand and elicited “okay mom, what now?”
I decided that it would be best to walk one block away to the 50th Police Precinct and see what they would do?
I walked in with the young lady and the baby (she was holding it as it had, by now, bonded with her) and walked up to the desk with the bird.
The girl at the desk said “is that a baby bird?”
We responded that it was and we wanted to save it from a dire fate.
The desk Sergeant started to smile so I said “you better not laugh, this is a serious rescue mission!” and the team of New York’s finest went into action!
I am so not kidding.
The lady at the desk got on the phone making calls.
The Sarge suggested the ASPC in Manhattan.
Other cops toned in with other suggestions,
And then in walked P.O. Moreno.
She walked over and was totally committed to saving this baby, she made it her mission.
She opened her flip cell phone like Captain Kirk calling the Enterprise and enrolled a friend of hers to care for the baby, which was now soundly sleeping, perched in the hand of the Brooklyn girl.
The friend agreed, and we all cheered!
P.O. Moreno and her partner gently took the baby (which instantly seemed to know she was a good guy) and shot away in their squad car, heroes to babies everywhere.
The Brooklyn girl and I returned to my car where, thankfully, I had disinfectant hand cleaner (hey, the bird wasn’t exactly clean, y’know?) which we applied liberally.
We went our separate ways then, glowing, with the knowledge that with the help of the NYPD’s Riverdale Precinct, Police Officer Moreno, and two helpful strangers, a bird will live to poop another day.
I hope it’s not on my car!



Hero cop saves baby bird (well, with our help!)

David "Oz"  Osterczy

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