INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
CIRCLE OF HEALING
by Jeff Guidry
In this inspiring story, a badly injured eagle was found lying in the woods. When rescued and brought to the Sarvey Wildlife Center, the folks there knew she could never be returned to her natural habitat. Her wings were broken – one in four places. Her injuries were so bad that they it would be a death sentence for her to return to the wild. Instead they had her wings pinned and began feeding her by tube. One volunteer at the center kept urging her on, coaxing her to stand up, to heal, to survive. His name was Jeff Guidry. But despite his pleading with her, she still would not stand. Then fortunately for Jeff and Freedom both, one day she listened. These two bonded together in many uncanny ways.
Eventually Jeff trained Freedom as an educational bird. They make appearances together at schools, training centers, festivals and Native American pow-wows to promote the rehabilitation and preservation of wildlife. And Jeff reports that she is quite the performer! Jeff and Freedom became so popular that they even appeared as featured guests on the TV show, Animal Planet.
But this is only the beginning of the story of the deep friendship between Jeff and Freedom. For just as Jeff helped Freedom survive, this beautiful eagle later helped Jeff in his personal survival battle. In this inspiring story Jeff explains, “Animals might speak a different language, but they communicate all the time. We just need to take the time to listen.”
Watch the video of Jeff and Freedom
This story now appears in
Tales2Inspire ~ The Ruby Collection
Gifts of Compassion