The other evening my daughter walked in from the garden holding a tiny chick that had fallen out of its nest, which was under the guttering below the roof.
The chick was very young and didn’t even have any feathers, but it was alive, moving its head from side to side and opening its mouth.
I’ve been known to hop out of my car on a dark country road at night, pick up a hedgehog frozen in terror in the middle of the road and pop him in a hedge
So my daughter and I set about a lifesaving mission. I made a bed from a cardboard box and wrapped the chick up in some kitchen towels in an effort to keep it warm.
I decided it might need some food, so I cut up some bacon into tiny pieces and, using some tweezers, popped the meat into its open mouth.
My daughter was very excited and asked if she could take her new pet chick to bed.
I prepared her for the fact that our lifesaving skills might not work. Sadly, I must report that within an hour of us rescuing it, the chick passed peacefully away with a mouthful of bacon.
Well, there are worse ways to go!
Lou: I think most people have tried to rescue an animal at some point.
I’ve been known to hop out of my car on a dark country road at night, pick up a hedgehog frozen in terror in the middle of the road and pop him in a hedge.
We also once found two baby frogs hopping around our living room. After making them a bed for the night in an old Tupperware box with a tasty selection of grasses and insects, the next morning we took them to a neighbour’s house where there was a pond and rehomed them.
And a couple of years ago we accidentally adopted a kitten in France.
He only looked about 12 weeks old, but had been wandering around the village for a few days.
Within 10 minutes of arriving, my sister went to open the back door of the house and ended up with this tiny kitten attached to her.
He stayed with us for the whole two weeks of our holiday and eventually the neighbours agreed to take him in after their little girl fell in love with him.
Thinking about it, I’m rather good at rescuing and rehoming random animals.
Perhaps a career in the RSPCA beckons!