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Bird as Guardian Angel

Guest contributor, 11 year old Novella, shares a story about a startling experience she had in which a bird came to her rescue.  She reminds us that nature can be both fascinating and a little frightening!

There are different things that make me afraid. I am afraid when I watch scary movies, I am also afraid of snakes.  Last summer I had a little incident with a snake. This is how it all happened. I was spending the summer at my Grandparent’s house. I got bored so I went swimming in my Grandparents pool. After about an hour I got out of the pool and was drying off on the cement. After I got done drying off, I started to do some cartwheels in the grass. On a post about three feet away from me was a bird chirping its head off. I really didn’t pay attention but when it didn’t stop I thought “is it trying to tell me something”. I looked around but didn’t see a single thing. I thought I might jump back into the pool. It was a very hot summer day and it was very humid so I thought I could use another dip in. I thought I could wait to go back into the pool and just lie in the grass and watch the clouds float by. That’s when all the craziness started. I heard a hissing sound coming from about a foot away. I just thought it was something making a strange noise.

The bird was now chirping super loud. I tried to have it stop but it wouldn’t. I saw its gaze look from me to the ground and back. I looked down and screamed the loudest scream I could. Right there only about a foot away from me was a rattle snake. It was slithering through the grass and was hissing as it went. My Grandpa rushed out of the house after hearing me scream and he immediately knew what it was. He told me to walk over to him quickly. I didn’t walk I ran as fast as my legs could carry me. I was petrified. My Grandpa called up his friend and they worked hard trying to get the snake out of the yard. They eventually were able to get the snake out of the yard.

I was very grateful that I wasn’t hurt and that nobody got hurt trying to get the snake out. Something horrible could have happen if that bird was not there to basically save me from that snake. So next time I see that bird if I ever do, I will give it a whole lot of bird seed.

Novella making e new (less scary) friend!
Novella making a new (less scary) friend!