Today in the UK it is Mothering Sunday or Mothers' Day. So I have been making sure that I give my mum some extra licks and attention today. I am sure she will appreciate that.
She had an interesting morning actually. On the upstairs landing in our house, there is a trapdoor in the ceiling which leads to the loft, and there is a ladder you can pull down to get up there. My humans don't go up there very often as it is very dusty and there is not much up there except some boxes of stuff we store there and a big water tank.
Well, this morning my dad was on the landing and he thought he heard something scratching in the loft. He was worried it might be a mouse. He asked my mum to come and listen under the trapdoor and they heard a different noise that sounded more like wings fluttering. They thought there might be a bird trapped in the loft. My mum volunteered to go up the ladder and have a look. (I was in the spare room asleep under my yellow chair so I missed all the excitement).
My mum went up into the loft with a torch and saw this little bird (a sparrow) flying around the loft in a panic. It must have got in through some little gap in the eaves but it couldn't find a way out. Finally it stopped flying around and sat on one of the rafters looking scared. My mum crawled across the roof joists (we don't have a proper floor in our loft) and she thought that the bird would fly away when she tried to touch it but it must have been so scared that it was just frozen. She was able to grab it in her hand with its little head sticking out from the top of her fist. She could feel its little heart beating very fast. She crawled back across the loft and handed it down to my dad, who took it downstairs and out into the back garden. Luckily it did not seem to have been injured because it flew away immediately.
I am sad that I missed out on helping rescue the sparrow but maybe it was just as well I was not there because I might have eaten him. This afternoon we saw lots of sparrows on the bird feeders in our garden but we couldn't tell if one of them was the sparrow who was in the loft because they all look alike! Here is a lookalike: