Walking up the driveway yesterday a wounded seagull walked in front of us, it flapped its wings but didn't seem able to fly. Instead it scuttled along worriedly and branched off before our entrance. Overhead another seagull cried out, continually, and it kept going through the night.
This morning the injured seagull was waiting just a few steps away from our door, the other one had apparently left after staying watch through the night. It was battered and bloody... due to the previous days injury? Or maybe due to a nightly scuffle with one of the neighboring cats? People really shouldn't let cats roam free, those vicious creatures, who play with their prey rather than put an end to their agony.
Now this bird's been sitting in the garden all day. We have a tiny garden here, just a patch of grass between the house (the kitchen) and the shed, with a fence on one side, and the walkway and a fence on the other. I suppose it's a suitably harbored area, a sort of plateau at the edge of a row of turquoise houses - hovering over the street. A good retreat for an injured bird.
The first time I walked out it flapped its wings in a short-lived frenzy, and it looked as if the injured wing might as well fall off. It's been pecking at the injured wing, trying to shake it off, but if it manages that then what future would it have, devoid of flight? Could it have a future at all, with this apparently quite brutal wing injury? Occasionally it strolls away, shaking the wing, but soon comes back to the garden.
Killing the bird would be one option, calling a vet another (but potentially costly - and also potentially pointless) one, calling a voluntary organization that takes care of injured animals is another, the latter which I have done. They have no nearby representatives however and have not yet responded, so, I am attempting to focus on everyday work while this mostly incredibly tranquil critter slowly dies at the stoop of our doorstep. It's kind of depressing.
What would you do?