It was a moment of serendipity that brought a good Samaritan to the garbage bin on a street corner in Toronto,Canada. As the unnamed rescuer happened to look inside, what they saw was sure to have been a shocking discovery.
Locked in a plastic take-out container with just a handful of seeds was a starving cockatiel, near death and bleeding.
Unable to care for the little bird, his rescuer brought him to a local pet shop, Earth Echoes Reptile Centre. The little bird was in the worst shape of his life: with a broken wing, bloody patches, missing feathers and covered in dirt, he was starving and dehydrated.
Pet shop owner, Paul Collier rushed the little guy directly to the vet. They soon discovered that the little bird was blind and worse still, that his injuries had been intentional.
"The fact that he's still alive is a miracle," Bev Penny told the Toronto Star. Penny and fellow co-worker Catherine Becket were two of the Earth Echoes staffers who cared for the little bird.
They've named the little survivor Brock. A Facebook page has been created to raise funds and donations have been pouring in for the trusting bird.
He's just the sweetest little bird," said Becket. "After all that was done to him … he sat on my hand and was chirping and singing at me a little bit. Not very loud because he's not in good shape, but he was still trying. We're all crying about him, because he hasn't lost his faith in people."
In spite of the horrors that the little guy has faced, he is well on the road to recovery and a new lease on life. Thank goodness for people like his anonymous rescuer, his vet and the good folks at Earth Echoes!