Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Heroism (Viewer Discretion)

*****Viewer discretion advised as this contains a very sad story of the demise of animals in the floods.

This evening I spoke with one of my old friends from high school and a fellow homesteader. She told me of her accounts from the last few days during the wake of the floods. My eyes stung as she told me her story.

Her and her father received a call about horses being trapped in a corral filled with water. They jumped in their truck and headed over to see if they could lend a hand.

There wasn't anything they could do for the horses but to just watch on and pray. Luckily the almighty powers from above answered their prayers as the corral started to tilt and the horses where able to swim out.

Their attention was then directed towards the sounds coming from the barn. They waded through the water, then busted out one of the windows to find crate after crate filled with sows and piglets. She said all they could see from several crates was snouts sticking up out of the water. Once they climbed through the window and waded through waist deep water that was rapidly rising they were able to save several of the pigs, 35 drown.

My heart dropped as I listen to her story. It ached and bellowed out sympathy, as I have raised pigs before so I could just imagine hearing the sounds of that many mommas cry out for help.

Animals have a special place in my heart. I believe that we as humans have a natural linking bond to them (or at least I know that I do). Please don't get me wrong I have great sympathy for the people who have lost their loved ones and for the people who also lost their homes. I feel for those people very strongly... but the animals, they cry out to me. Humans have a strong ability to survive. Humans have the freedom to act when our senses are telling us that danger is approaching... Pets... Livestock.... they depend on us to react for them. Sometimes we cant, sometimes we don't and sometimes we are just too late....

I applaud the people who worked on the farm that day. I applaud them for their heroism...for being the people who tried... for being the people who did. As a fellow homesteader... I Thank You.


  1. Man, I should have heeded you warning. I'm the person that will actually slow down for a tiny frog in the road or will give a squirrel a fighting chance to live. I'm also one who will become sad when I see an animal on the side of the road, dead. I'm sure the owners of the farm are devestated. I know I would be.

  2. Very sad indeed. I find that as I get older I seem to be getting softer toward all animals and sometimes even insects simply because it is a "life". Seems in today's world there are so many murders, and so many children being hurt, it's hard to destroy any life, intentionally.

    Hale to the hero's who step up when needed!