When the entire family cried

06 Sep

Last Friday, when I was at work I received a call from Ma who was at home. Her voice trembling and heavy, she began the conversation with “I called you to convey a bad news” and my mind went into thinking of a million possibilities in a nano second. After a small pause, she broke into uncontrollable flow of tears, when she told me that one of the bird babies was no more. I was too stupefied to react. She continued to tell me how it all happened… The cage was in the balcony as usual. The first two bird babies had begun coming out of the pot on their own and roaming about. One of them (let’s call it BB) was out of the pot and sitting at the edge of the cage. A pigeon had come to our balcony, attacked BB by penetrating its beak into the cage and grabbing hold of BB’s neck. It brutally pecked all over the neck and let no trace of its head. When my domestic help had entered the balcony for her regular cleaning work, she spotted the headless bird with its body inside the cage and the pigeon trying to pull its remains out…. The pigeon flew away on seeing her. But the damage was done and we lost our li’l baby.

I tried to appear very calm and controlled to console Ma. I then called Abbas and tears came flooding down my eyes as I narrated him what had happened. It was his turn now to play the that’s-okay-tears-wont-bring-it-back-calm-down role that I played to Ma…

In the evening, when I told Mantam about this, I didn’t know how they would react. They had never known about death. They asked me questions as to how it happened. Mannu was furious with the pegion and asked me not to keep food for pigeons any more in the balcony. Tammu asked me where the bird was now… I said that M aunty (domestic help) took it with her. And then she asked me if M aunty was taking it to the doctor to heal it. It was excruciating to tell them the truth but I did. I told them that BB was never to come back again.

Tammu shed buckets of tears for Mannu to follow suit. She desperately prayed to God to send BB back to her. The way she cried was heart wrenching. All I could say to console them was to pray to God for Potli to lay eggs soon, so that BB would come to us as a new born.

I also forgot to mention that, we gave away the white pair of birds – Ghotla Ghotla for there were constantly trying to harm the babies by entering the pot. The youngest one was brutally attacked but it being strong survived twice. After Ghotla Ghotli’s exit, the chicks had begun coming out fearless. Who knew that an external predator would bring this fate to the chicks?

That morning, when I was watering the plants, I had noticed BB sitting down in the cage. I admired it’s beauty and made a mental note to click a picture in the evening. BB was entirely different from the rest of her siblings. It was stagnant for most of the time while other babies tried to flutter their wings and learn to take flight. It’s lethargy cost it’s life. Had it moved when the pigeon approached…..


A pic of BB. The right most one with a blackish body is was BB.


Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Uncategorized



20 responses to “When the entire family cried

  1. My Era

    September 6, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Tight Hugs Seema… I can totally understand how painful it must have been. I had lost my first pet, a rabbit, when I was around Mantam’s age and lost my pet dog a few weeks ago. I can understand how shattering it is for our pets are our family members.
    No-matter how much I wanted, I couldn’t find the right words to write about my pet dog.
    Take care!


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Tight hugs right back Era! I know I’m late in replying but like they say ‘Better late than never’


  2. R's Mom

    September 6, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Awww! big hugs to all of you Seema…I am feeling so sad 😦


  3. Anonymously Disguised

    September 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

    sigh! I hope your little girls will soon come out of this tragedy πŸ˜₯


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

      It took a while for them, but they did come out of that gloomy state. They do remember the incident and dislike the pigeon species even now. Even I have a packet of bajra seeds that I used to feed pigeons with. Haven’t had the heart to feed them after that incident. It has left a scar on all of us 😦


  4. ashreyamom

    September 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

    hmmm.. dont know what to say re.. :(.. bad luck..


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Yeah! It was a lesson for us.


  5. Sreetama

    September 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Really sorry to know that. RIP BB. Hope you guys get new baby birds soon who can somehow compensate BB’s absence. These pigeons are really mean and cruel. If possible, shift the cage to somewhere safer. Take care and hugs!


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Sreetama. We placed the cage inside our home till all the babies grew and learnt to fly. We learnt a lesson at the cost of BB’s life.


  6. Mathangi Vijay

    September 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Hey Seema, I am really sorry to hear about it! I was feeling so happy when you said in your last comment that they are no more chicks and are transforming into beautiful birds!
    I understand that it would be a major shock to all you guys! RIP BB and let God bring BB soon back to you guys in another form


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Mathangi. Three chicks are now adult birds. We have fixed the breeding pot again. Potla and Potla are excited beyond words to get back into action. Hope to see BB in another form soon if all goes well.


  7. Bikramjit Singh Mann

    September 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    sad. dont know what to say .. hope Mantam get fine soon..


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Hey Thanks Bikram. Mantam did take time but are now doing fine.


  8. Scribby

    September 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    😦 feels sad to know BB is no more…but it feels sadder to know that it is hurting Man-Tam 😦 hug the girls for me..and tell them BB flown away to God’s home


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Yeah, they were depressed for quite some time after this incident. Thanks for the hugs Nu. They are doing fine now.


  9. Deepika

    September 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Awwwwww… Thats so so so sad 😦
    I know how you feel.. I have a couple of fishes.. and I know how it feels to loose them..
    RIP BB


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Hey Deepika. You have an aquarium? Abbas had a huge one when in Kol. I have experienced the loss of fishes too. Pets become such an integral part of family na?


  10. Little Fingers

    September 21, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Hmm its such a painful moment ..I hope you all feel better soon..


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

      We are all fine now. Breeding pot is fixed. Waiting for the next cycle now πŸ™‚



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