A relay helping an injured seagull on a busy street of Vancouver


When I was walking down the sidewalk to my car on a busy street in Vancouver with my friend, we found a young injured seagull at the centerline of the street. Vehicles were passing inches away from the bird.

1st person comes

While I was thinking how to get the bird out of the traffic, my friend jumped into the street with no hesitation, stopped the traffic (some cars were not slowing down) and managed to let the bird move to the edge of the street. I could see the bird’s heart pounding. He could only weakly hop. I imagined myself being at the same eye level of him. The bird seemed to have his territory of the exact 1.5-meter radius. If someone invaded it, he would immediately try to move away and go right back to the traffic. I was supposed to drive my friend for an appointment 15 minutes after, but we couldn’t move. Someone had to make sure no one would scare him, and no vehicle would pull over for street parking. We were also trying to find out the phone number for wild animal conservation or SPCA.

2nd Person comes

A few minutes later, a lady came to us and said, “I was watching you guys from the coffee shop across the street. I just phoned the SPCA. They should be here soon.”

3rd person comes

Then, a gentleman working at a construction site nearby came up with a blue recycling box. He tried to get the bird safely, but of course, there is “1.5-meter” rule. He kindly left the box where vehicles can see, so that no one would pull over.

Then 4th person comes

Another few minutes later, another gentleman with a cup of coffee in his hand walked toward us. My friend asked him if he could stay to watch out for the bird till SPCA arrives because she had an appointment soon. He said, “Sure, I have time.”

Finally, I was able to take my friend to her appointment on time. I believe the bird is on the road to recovery now. It was a smooth and natural relay on one happy sunny day.