Yangtze River Headwaters Volunteering Day 17 长江源志愿工作第17天

This is a series of journals recording my days in the Yangtze River Headwaters volunteering project. I will try to update every day but there might be delays in the days I work in the wild without the internet. I’m also trying to write bilingual if time allows. Like it? Follow my Instagram (@anar.chica.yichenguo) for updates!

The tragic grebe couples cannot get over their old home after all. Although they never seriously renovate it again, they still laid an egg at the same old place. According to the staff, if birds have fully developed eggs inside them while they don’t have a nest ready, they may lay anywhere and give up on them. The location of the ‘old spot’ is as if waiting for the black-necked crane to eat. As expected, after keeping an eye there, the cranes came. After they finished their meal, a bunch of brown-headed gull fellas rush forward to finish the leftovers.

After dinner in the evening, I was called to rescue a left alone baby bar-headed goose. It seems only around ten days old. It’s so little and fluffy, yet so clever. It seemed terrified but also knew that it has advantages over us in the water. Therefore it hid in a pond and kept diving. Every time its head merged out of the water and saw one of us, it immediately dives down back again. According to the person who found it, half an hour ago it even hesitated to get into the water. Potential explodes in desperation. It’s a pity that it cannot see ahead while diving in the water, it was swimming without direction, and finally came directly into my hands. And suddenly it became so quiet. It didn’t struggle at all, except for shivering. We immediately took it to the tent and tried to burn some cow shit to warm it up but didn’t succeed. So then we put two heating pads in an old abandoned cotton shoe, put it in there to keep it warm. It seemed like a different bird with such low energy comparing to the diving master just now. We were concerned it might die because of depression over the night. At this moment, Tudan saw it and educated us, ‘it’s a wild bird living in this area. Even if it’s missing from the parents it gives you no reason to rescue it because it knows the environment. It won’t die. Maybe after a few days, its parents will find it again. But now if you rescue it….’ 

So we set it free to the grassland. In no time it ran wildly to the lakeside. Ay, seems really healthy! We might be over-concerned that it might be frozen to death at night. Sometimes good intention leads to bad results. We shouldn’t rescue wild animals as we thought appropriate. Our arrogant good heart might actually harm them. 




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