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Pip, the house sparrow

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Published on Oct 27, 2010

The video is the short story of Pip.
Found in our own garden, we have a big group of sparrow living in our roof. On both of the long sides of the house they have nests. Every year we find a couple of dead young who are tossed out of the nest because they died or pushed out.
But Pip was laying in the grass, far from the nest. He was thrown out by one of his parents. The reason we can only guess, because he was in good health.

I took care of him day and night. The first days I checked up on him constantly and fed him every half hour. I did not expect him to make it, simply because it's still such a tiny and fragile animal.

He grew up in my room, this is where he learned to fly. He was tame, used to humans and used to the cat. For these reasons I couldn't set him free. He wouldn't know the dangers outside and no one tought him how to find food, make nests, interact with other sparrows or find food for his own young.
Also, he seemed satisfied with his life as a pet. To him I'm still his mother, he loves to snuggle up. Sleep on my arm, lap or shoulder. He follows me in my room where ever I go. And even if I let him out while I'm in bed, he will come to snuggle up against me and fall asleep.
He gets out of his cage daily, at least twice a day. My room is big enough for him to fly around. Also he hips on the ground, picking up the seeds he tossed out of his cage. He takes a bath almost every day and he's always having a good time, even if he has to entertain himself.

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