A Very Unusual Pet
by Philip Yaffe
I am an animal lover. I love all kinds of animal: dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, ferrets, goldfish, etc. So I was lucky to have a very unusual pet when I was a kid.
I grew up in Los Angeles, One day when walking home from school, I saw what looked like a small ball of brown string lying on the sidewalk. When I bent over and picked it up, I saw that it was in fact a baby sparrow that had apparently fallen out of a next somewhere. I looked for the nest but couldn’t find it, so I took him home.
He seemed to be no more than a few days old, so we didn’t believe that he could survive. But we decided to try. We fed him by prying open his beak and inserting diluted milk with an eyedropper. He became stronger, so we then tried feeding in hardboiled egg white. And he started to grow.