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Rescue Mission Complete: Family is back home

When the Downtown Redbuds got hat racked Friday, a family of robins were homeless. But a call to action and a quick response from Mother Melewi (aka M.E. aka Maury Lewis) and her intrepid band of first responders rescued the birds, now back in their rehabbed, makeshift home. But the fight for survival is not over. Everyone is asked to help out. Scare off predators. And maybe help the mama with some juicy worms. And say a kind word as they pass.
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By An Innocent Bystander

Maury Lewis better known as "melewi" locally responded to an urgent call today from a group of concerned shop owners on the downtown square. It seems that during Friday's unfortunate "hat racking" of the Red Buds on the Square a nest of young Robins was left homeless. Their nest knocked from the tree, the helpless babies survived the fall to the ground but would have surely perished except for the kindness of strangers. Quick action by the shop owners provided temporary shelter for the night but it was soon clear that mama Robin was having difficulty feeding her young.

Barbara Armitage joined the rescue mission providing a slight design change to the nest. With the expert advice of the team the nest was returned to its original location and safely secured. "It's not the craftsmanship of the mama bird but it'll hold the nest in place" said Barbara Armitage. The safety of the nest is still very much in question. With so many of the trees branches removed the nest is now open to predators and the weather.

Their home rebuilt it was time to return to the nest. Maury Lewis whispered words of encouragement to the tiny tikes as she gently placed them back in their nest. Perhaps we could ask Maury to act as God Mother to these precious little creatures. Thankfully she has enough kindness in her heart to share. -Barbara Armitage

This story was posted on 2011-07-09 14:32:17
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Maury Lewis looks in on foster baby

2011-07-09 - 300 Quadrant, Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Barbara Armitage.
The crisis isn't over, but the baby robin peeking out at Maury Lewis has a chance. The birds were rescued after shop owners alerted Adair County Garden Clubbers of their plight after the robins' family home was dislodged in the hat racking of one of the Downtown Redbud trees. Now the big worries are over predators and the food supply.

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Downtown has priorities in order!

2011-07-09 - 300 Quadrant, Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Barbara Armitage.
Thanks to alert Downtown shop keepers and Maury Lewis and her band of Good Samaritans, a family is making do in its rehabilitated home - necessitated by the hat racking of a red bud tree.

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