Humanity exists on multiple levels and Ariel Córdova-Rojas has proved that she is a woman who just cannot leave a crisis and forget an event of any sort that took place. She sees any animal in danger and makes sure to help them even if she has to go an extra mile for it, literally.
Ariel Córdova-Rojas did such a thing with a sick swan she came across, she traveled over 23 miles on foot to help it and make sure it has a speedy recovery. Sounds too good to be true, right? Wait until we get to the details, you are going to be astonished! Scroll down to read the entire story.
She reported to The New York Times that she was prior planning on spending her 30th birthday at the Jamaica Bay Wildfire Refuge in Queens, New York. There was a swan that immediately caught her attention out of all the animals that were there.
Here’s a picture of that beautiful swan that caught Ariel’s attention!
According to her, the swan was sitting on the grass next to the water’s edge, all alone and appeared to be sick. The female mute swan made the woman change her plans and make a new one instead, which was all set to work.
Don’t they just make the best buddies?
“If there is an animal in need, I will do everything I can,” she said. There, she thought about how to get to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where the appropriate animal rehabilitation centre for such cases was located.
The animal care manager, Ariel, spent almost 5 years at the Wild Bird Fund rehabilitation center, who prior spent many years rescuing geese from Central Park, red-tailed hawks from Brooklyn, and many other animals. She definitely seems to know how to catch a bird in poor health conditions.
This story is inspiring and got my heart warmed up.
She was so generous enough to help the swan, she identified that the swan was struggling as it was being very territorial and aggressive, it just wanted to swim away even with all the difficulty it was facing. She approached the swan and wrapped it in her jacket, therefore the sweet journey begins.
The swan is exhausted from all the traveling.
“Well, I’m carrying a swan. I have no idea what to do. I guess I’ll just walk,” she said in her mind, as she walked back to her bike. I am sure, she must have caught the attention of several bystanders as to how she is walking around with a swan. The hike was intense for her to be carrying back the swan weighing around 17 pounds to her bike.
The swan was taken to the Howard Beach subway station, along with a couple who had decided to help the swan, wrapped in her coat, it traveled on the subway as no other animal shelter was taking the responsibility to take it in.
“Meanwhile, there are some people on the train and no one seems to be puzzled. (There was a man) sitting in front of me and he was just talking on the phone. I don’t even know if he noticed that there was a swan in front of him,” she said.
That’s being kind on a whole new level.
She met Tristan Higginbotham who was an animal care manager at the Wild Bird Fund, at a station. The swan after reaching the rehabilitation center was checked for physical symptoms which showed it being underweight and signs of lead poisoning due to it ingesting things around it. The swan was looked after and was re-evaluated after a few weeks. This made Ariel really happy as she got the reward of helping the swan.
“That was the perfect culmination of my 20s. It was the perfect birthday gift to be out in nature and be able to save a life,” she said.
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