Dr. Dolittle? What do I mean? Well, my wife is as close as you'll come to finding a twenty-first century Dr. Dolittle, only a real one not a fantasy character. She has a way with animals that is simply amazing; it doesn't matter what kind, she can help them. I've seen her pet a mother possum while handling her babies right out of the pouch and heal a very sick dog with a deadly case of the mange with my own eyes. Somehow they know she will not hurt them and they respond in kind.
So when she headed out I pulled my achy bones out of bed and went to the kitchen window to see what was happening. As she walked into the pasture, the hungry coyote circled back hoping to make the kill. She was unfazed, walked briskly toward Tommy Boy, shooing off the predator who decided not to challenge her. Even he understood that she meant business. She disappeared out of sight for a few moments and when she came back into view she had Big Tom tucked under her arm. He was very quiet and content.
As she neared the house, she took him to a large cage that was up on a table and put him in and put a tarp over the top and one side to give him shade from the fast rising hot sun. He settled in like he was right at home. And there he sits this afternoon, eating grain and drinking water which she provided. Upon examination, he has a puncture wound in the body adjacent to one wing but the wing is unbroken. So we will see how it goes for him for a few days and then try and place him back with his flock if he's able.
I'll bet that old boy had no idea when she was on her way to save him that it was probably the luckiest day of his life. We don't know how it will work out, but I've seen her save a young buck, nurse a sick horse back to health and heal cats and dogs, so why not a turkey?. After all, he's just one of God's creatures trying to survive in the difficult world of nature and helping them is clearly her specialty.
And Dr. Dolittle? Well, she'll just do what she does again whenever the time comes. It's one of the reasons I love her so. God bless all the animals, large and small, domestic and wild. They all have a place in nature.