Are you willing to take a bird’s freedom for the entertainment of others?
I arrived in the Makati Park and Gardens, angered by the fact of Tristan (Cousin) having more lifers than me. I went there hoping to get lucky and actually get a lifer. I walked there for a while with my Sister and Yaya searching the skies, but only seeing bats and Swallows.
It’s been a long time since I went there, about a year, but last time I wasn’t able to see the horror I saw today. I saw cages; I’ve seen the cages before when I was a little kid. I knew that in those cages were birds, but little did i know that those birds were actually WILD!!!
The first cage was a bit larger than the others which had nothing inside but dead leaves and a suspended branch. On that suspended branch, I saw one of the majesties of the sky with its brown body and white head. I saw the sorrow in its eyes, as it lay motionless on the suspended branch. It was a Brahminy Kite.
The second cage contained the king of the Coastals, usually flying freely screeching its creepy call, gracefully fishing in shallow waters. Now, it lays sad and still. The very sad part is, for a bird who loves water, its tiny pond is bone dry. The Black-crowned Night Heron may be very common, but still doesn’t deserve to be caged.
The third cage contained a small little raptor. I pity it so much as I see its feeble attempts of escape. It grabs the walls of its cage with its sharp claws, supposedly made to catch prey, hoping that it would pry open, every attempt a failure. It lives in this agonizingly small cage, not fit for a Eurasian Kestrel.
I find it very sad that these birds were put in cages in our park just for people’s entertainment. I would partially understand if it was a zoo, but not in an old park, with cages that don’t supply their needs and people who don’t know how to care for them. I see people taking pictures in front of these birds, unaware of their suffering. One man with his child, gave the Black-crowned Night Heron a taunting call “coo-coo-coo…”, incredibly far from its actual call.
I went there full of determination, then left full of sorrow for these birds. WBCP members can we do something to help them?