Animals which lived here and their stories

 
Jay bathing in a pond
GaioThis jay was raised at home. I shall never forget its calls and this head sticking out of the artificial nest begging for food as I wuold approach. Once she could stand on its legs and trying its first flights, she would jump onto my bed on the morning to claim food. I would then wake up with an open beak near my face. Once adult, I set her free, which was a very happy moment for me and for her. Nevertheless, instead of getting away to join its kind, from that day on, she never left me. She began to sleep in a stone oak tree net to the house and at day break she would come and stand by the window of my bedroom, clutching the glass separators of the window and would call me. She knew which was my bedroom.
If I would stay long inside the house, she would seek me at all the windows looking for me. Often I would let her in (when i was alone). She would have breakfast with me, she only did not like milk.
During the day she would follow me everywhere, would I walk, bike or even when I would go on the motorbike. She would hide screws and other objects, I was using for work, under some cloth in the workshop or even up my sleeves or on my neck.
One day she must have followed me far away after the motorbike and got lost. she disappeard for a long while. Until one day I went to visit a friend at a neighbour village bout 5km away. As i was passing in front of the house, I heard a jag calling. I looked to the side and I astonishing, saw "the" jay in a cage. She was gripping the cage grid and was calling me, distressed. There was joy and despair in her call (I learnt to recognise a little their language). Of course, she went back home with me that day.
When I returned from a three months trip from Africa, the jay had not been seen for a long time. I tought she found it too long without my presence and went away. But i was wrong, this afternoon I suddenly heard a jay very upset above my head. Ther she was on a cable looking at me and complaining and telling me off  just like a spouse would with her husband who would come back drunk home. Despite my calming voice, she did not want to come to me and kept shouting at me a while longer. She did not came to greet me that day, but the next day she was in a good mood again and all was like before... ar nearly. That is the day I found out it was a she. She insited in having me follow her up a tree, which I did and to my astonishment, there she had started a nest. I had to help building the nest, handing her small twigs that she would place in the nest. The nest was very well made, quite modern with pieces of wire and rope, thing a jay would never use normally.She layed three eggs on which she sat for a long time but they never ecloded. I decided then to borrow an egg from another jay nest, but it was late in the season and the only nest I found was of a starling bird with five babies. I took two of them and substitued the jay eggs with them. She was suprised with the look of them, but after I encouraged her and congratulated her, she accepted them. She raised them with dedication and joy. At puberty, the flu away and never came back. Those birds live in flocks and are very shy.
The next year I decided to go study to Great Britain. I was feeling bad for her to leave her alone for such al ong time. She was again sitting on eggs by that time and the day before my departure she had disappeard. This is how ends a story which lasted three years.
 
Goose polishing her feathers to show off to the ladies

This goose (male) came to the farm very young together with a female. Unfortunatly its companion passed away and he stayed alone. Destiny also made him break a leg. I therefore had to have i him encosed for some time with a splint on her leg and would bring him food several times a day. Once he could walk again, he would come to the house and he became very fond of my mother. In the meanwhile I went away to Gret Britain and my mother adopted him.
He started following her everywhere she would go and to defend her against intruders. It would mainly atack my cousin who happened to be here at this time, it even bit him. When my mother would go on the car to the neighbour village, he would fly over the car for a few minutes then he would gave up and come back and wait for her.
One day we gave him a girl-friend, we took them both to the hennery which was situated 400 m away, but he was so loyal to my mother that he would come back home with her "girl-friend" who was shy as she was not used to humans.
Slowly he fell in love whith her new girl friend and gave her more attention.

 
The adventurer lamb
This lamb was orphaned and was therefore raised by us. Lambs like this were common here at the time we had sheep. We had her in a barn together with the cows. Of course she woul follow us everywhere. She would come inside the house, climb up and down the stairs which accessed the upper terrace. She woul also follow our dog who was vagabond and who took her everywhere. From time to time she would follow the dog so far away that she ended up there not realize that the dog had lef back home and the neighbours from other villages would phone us to tell us that our lamb was at their hamlet I am talking of distances of 2-3 km).

Once adult she started going to the meadows with the cows and when we tried to introduce her in the herd of sheep she would run away scard and woul seek the cows for protection.

 
Juvenile hare peeking at was I was doing on the table

This hare was brought to me so the hunters would not kill her as she was still a baby and some hunters fire upon anything that moves (ecept the boy whou brought it to me, he also is a hunter). Apart from drinking the milk and the grass I would give her, she would also gnaw the cushioins and she would scratch the carpet which was dark green.
Once adult, she went back to her habitat, she had a lot of babies and live long and happy.

 
The Goshawks

The goshawk were brought to me juvenile, still babies from a farmer. He said the harvesting machine might run over them as they werenesting on the floor in the middle of a wheat field.
I raised them with scrap meat given to me by butchers. Despite I got them from a juvenile state and fed them several times a day, they never were confortable with me: When I would apprach them, they would lay on their backs to defend themselves with their nails and beak me with their potent beaks and claws (typical defense behaviour from those birds). I did not have gloves and my hands were always scrathed.
Once they reached the adult state, I freed them. They hardly could fly. I never say them again.

 
The infidel swallow

Behind the house there is a shed/workshop where the swallos nest every year. This year the nest load must have been to large as there was always a poor little one falling from the nest to the ground, a height of approximately 3,5 m. She had no feathers yet and yet she would survive the falls. I put her back in the nest two times, but after she fell for the third time I understood she would never make it. She could be eaten by a cat or be step on.
I hence decided to take her home and raise her. when I had no isntects, I eouls feed her rice and cooked egg among other things. I kept her in my bedroom. She spent her time in a box until she began to fly. Then she would sit on a babmy fish i had haning. As I would get into the room, she would come to my shoulder and chat with me. She followed my in the house.
Like all animals I rescued, the time came to let her go into her habitat. She imediately joined other swallos on a cable and from that moment on, she forgot I existed. She never came back to greet me, nor she said good bye when she migrated.

 
The wayfarer eagle

This eagle was brought to me. She was found on a roof of a house, they tought she was ill. She hardly could fly and was feeble. Shed was not shy nor agressive but she did not want to eat or drink.
I kept her overnight and the next day she was better. I found out it was a juvenile on her first flight and she was exausted and just needed some rest in a safe place. Thus, this same morning she thanked me and left. It was very pleasant to see her elevate at high altitude seeking a thermal.