Thursday, May 19, 2011

And Then God Came Down Like an Eagle

From The Vancouver Sun comes this real-life story about a poodle and a Golden Eagle and a little divine intervention:

She's a vagabond toy poodle, named May by SPCA staff because earlier this month she fell out of the sky and landed in the grounds of Sechelt's Shorncliffe Nursing Home.

How she came to be flying over the nursing home is explained by the deep talon marks in her back and sides, showing she was probably the unwilling passenger of a hungry eagle that had picked her up but eventually found her 18 pounds too much to hold on to.

May, her ribs broken, her body lacerated, was found by nursing staff May 2 and delivered to the Sunshine Coast SPCA.

The fall injured her, says BC SPCA official Lorie Chortyk, but the whole unnerving ordeal likely saved her life.

"Ironically, if it hadn't been for this we might never have found her," said Chortyk.

She carried no identification and her generally poor condition indicated she had been wandering without care for some time before attracting the eagle's attention.

"She's been a stray. There's been severe neglect, and who knows how long she's been out there. We estimate she's six years old but her nails were growing into her pads and her teeth are badly decayed," said Chortyk.


PBurns said...

For this dog, it was a fine line between "the rapture" and "the raptor."

Teddy said...

Backstory...Mrs.Eagle brings home a poodle, of all breeds, to her warrior children, who feel a big dog like a Rottweiler is more appropriate for predatory young'uns. So Mrs.Eagle, who has been reading about AKC's new Therapy Dog title, drops the curly coated mess onto the grounds of a nursing home, presuming they'll use it for comforting the old folks.

PBurns said...

Success! Teddy it worked. Woo hoo!