Man and bird together
We read so much about devastation of species’ habitats or loss of precious birds and animals, I thought I’d bring you this fabulous story. You might have seen this already but even if you have, it’s worth just looking at the video again and again to warm the heart.
A beautiful 14 year old American Eagle called Sherkane has been raised in captivity and has never experienced soaring high. Jacques Olivier Travers, who is a falconer and paraglider, dedicated a year and a half preparing Sherkane to fly in the wild.
They both went up to the top of Mont Blanc (4,800m) and flung themselves off the precipice. And then a really touching thing happened. Sherkane tentatively spread his wings and flew. His human companion also took off and man and bird flew together, with Sherkane never straying more than 100m from the falconer. Against a magnificent backdrop of snow covered peaks, man and bird experienced freedom together during the 40 minute flight. Because of the high altitude, Sherkane was bit puffed and seemed rather happy to be resting on Travers’ arm once back on flat ground.
Watch the video as it will brighten up your day and make you forget (temporarily at least) the financial mess.