Niagara Gazette —
It was then that he noticed a canoe lying next to the house and decided to use that to make his way across the ice. Once he got to the bird, it took about 10 minutes to chisel the bird out of the ice.
“I’ve had past experiences with rescuing different animals,” Blake said. “And the same thing always holds true, when you get to the animal, they know that you’re there to help them not to hurt them. You can see that in their eyes right away.
“So, naturally you put other things that are going on around you out of your mind. It’s just me and the bird. I put it in the canoe and wrapped it up and up to shore we went.”
Godwin watched as Blake made his way back to shore.
“He left the canoe on the ice for a minute. It was almost impossible for him, with the bird in his arms, to maneuver it,” Godwin said. Then Blake. in an act of incredible bravery, she said, “just stepped out and walked on the ice and brought it into the house.”
Once the bird was in the house, Blake asked for a hair dryer and carefully melted the ice away from the bird’s delicate feathers.
Blake says after that the bird seemed happier and was starting to move around. Godwin was even able to get it to eat some of the fish fillet she had planned to eat for dinner that day. Then Blake put the bird in his animal carrier and took it to Britton’s home where the bird was allowed to swim for a while in her bathtub.
“She looked it up in her bird book and we knew within about 15 minutes that it was a red-throated loon,” said Blake. Originally from the Arctic, it had migrated to Western New York for the winter. The next day, the loon was taken to the Erie County SPCA to see the vet.