Over the summer a baby sparrow was repeatedly being pushed out of the nest on my front porch. I put her back in the nest several times hoping that her siblings weren’t pushing her out because she was a runt or there wasn’t enough food and it was survival of the fittest. I checked on her daily and they continued to either toss her out of the nest onto my cement deck, or push her towards the end of the blinds the nest was in. Finally, my heart got the best of me when they had pushed her out again, and I intervened. I struggled with the decision to rescue her or let nature take its course, and I just could not with good conscience sit in my home and know that she might be dying right outside of my front door. So I rescued her, and brought her inside.
For over 2 months I hand fed her using either my fingers or a syringe and even had the neighbors coming over to feed her in half hour intervals while I was at work so she would have nutrition. Most everyone I talked to about her said that the odds of her surviving were slim and that more often than not, baby birds will die when in human care. Every day I hoped and prayed that she would make it, and everyday she was still fighting for her life. Miraculously, CeeCee made it through the critical stage for survival, and continued to thrive once she could eat on her own.
She was never caged. I put her in the cage once, and she
panicked…literally. She was shaking and had her mouth open breathing quickly and my heart broke for her. I just couldn’t make her live in a cage, and so she didn’t. At night I would tell her it’s nite nite time, and she would fly to me and crawl into the fuzzy cloth that was her “blanket”. She would settle in and coo. I would talk to her and when she was warm and comfortable, she was swaddled in her blanket and put in the basket that was her bed. She stayed in her blanket all night. Not once did she ever get out during the night and fly around the house, but she would wake up in the morning and come out to greet her four-legged brother and sister, my dogs. They adored her and she was not afraid of them. She and my Jack Russell Terrier played chase in the house, and she would sit by him and sing.
Apparently, in Ohio you are not allowed to keep “wildlife”. My choices were (1) let CeeCee lay outside and die, and (2) let CeeCee lay outside and die. For the last 6 months CeeCee has lived with me, in the house with my dogs. She was a very healthy, very happy bird. She enjoyed music, and would sing along with the music. When she wanted my attention, she would sit on my paper and move the pen or start fluttering all over the page until I talked to her. She would take the paper and throw it to the floor. She really had a personality and she was smart. Not once did she ever fly to the door or a window. She never flew towards mirrors. Had she behaved as though she wanted back in the wild, I would have regretted my decision not to release her, but she was so attached to me and the dogs that I feared for her safety if she were to go back into the wild. I trained her to come to me with a clicking sound for food just in case she ever got out, I could call for her.
As most of you know, Deric Lostutter has filed a million dollar federal lawsuit against us in an attempt to silence speech about him and his abhorrent behavior. He has done everything in his power to abuse, harass, malign, and cause us grief since he has filed the lawsuit. He is forbidden to use the internet and phone, yet continues to violate the conditions of his federal release. He has no self control which is why he will find himself incarcerated in federal prison for years.
Three months ago my best friend of 30 years started dating a man that has a history of domestic violence and fraud. When I expressed my concerns about this man, she shared my concern with him and as all abusers do, they begin grooming their partner to alienate them from friends and family. Her boyfriend began stalking me online and making unsolicited contact with individuals online hoping that they could inflame these people to harass me on his behalf. She participated in the stalking by researching information online and visiting my LinkedIn profile and other online presence presumably to gather information. Eventually, he reached out to Deric Lostutter and the three began conspiring on ways to make that bitch pay. I won’t go through the very long list of malicious actions, but the most recent is the complaint they made to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that I had CeeCee.
On Thursday, I was forced to surrender CeeCee to the ODNR or face criminal charges. I understand the reason that there is a law regarding wildlife, but the only reason that I was forced to give up my pet is because of these three monsters. They had absolutely no regard for her. My former friend had even helped feed her when I first found her yet she had no problem potentially issuing her a death sentence if she is unable to be rehab’d and returned to the wild. None of these people have a soul. It is especially disturbing that a woman is under such control of a man so much so that she is willing to participate in such a heartless act.
CeeCee is at a wildlife rehabilitation facility nearby and is doing well. I am hopeful that she will remember her wild instincts and thrive in the wild, as she did in my home. She fought to live as a baby, and she’ll be okay back in her environment. As for the three monsters, I have a saying that has proven true time and time again. You can only throw so much shit out into the universe until you get some on you. Karma is a mean bitch and I truly believe that she will dole out what those three tossed out.