Animal Rights

Police Officers Go Above And Beyond To Help Dove

| by Brendan Kelly
the mourning dove in her nestthe mourning dove in her nest

When police officers found that a mourning dove had chosen a patrol car as the place to build her nest, they didn't make her move. Instead, the officers took measures to ensure that the mother dove was safe, cozy and healthy.

Officers from the Parma, Ohio, police department discovered that a mourning dove made a nest in the windshield of a backup patrol car, according to Fox 8. There were reportedly two eggs in the nest. 

Rather than making the bird move, they decided to ensure that the dove was comfortable in her new home. Luckily, the cruiser was a back-up vehicle that the officers didn't use everyday. So officers attached an umbrella to the windshield of the car to keep the bird's home dry in the rain. 

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Some officers even dug up worms to feed the bird and gave her cups of water. 

The patrol car was blocked off with cones and police tape to ensure that nobody bothered the bird.

"Our officers are human beings just like anyone else," Lt. Kevin Riley of the Parma Police Department told Fox 8. "We care for all lives, human and animal, so the officers took a carrier to this bird, which they nicknamed Gerty, is taken care of and can take care of her young in the cruiser."

Sources: Fox 8The Dodo / Photo Credit: The Dodo

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