The driver found out that the man didn't call an Uber for himself, but for an injured bird, specifically, a baby lesser goldfinch he found struggling on the ground.
The internet and news are filled with negative stories. But, once in a while, there are a few that fill out hearts to the brim and restore our faith in humanity. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah were in for a surprise when a baby Lesser Goldfinch alone in an Uber arrived in their facility. This bird came courtesy of a man in Utah who spotted the injured bird but was too intoxicated to help, reported PEOPLE.
Dad lesser goldfinch feeding his kid. So sweet! pic.twitter.com/QMlB66GdPr— Wendy (@geococcyxcal) April 26, 2020
Christy Guynn, while driving to the pick up her rider was expecting an ordinary pickup. But much to her surprise, upon reaching the location, she realized, it's not a human, but a bird. In an interview with FOX 13 of Salt Lake City, Guynn said, "I got there and there’s three or four guys standing out in the yard and they’re holding beers. And I’m like, ‘oh no. These guys are going to get in my car and I hope they know they can’t bring their beer.’” Soon enough, she found out that the man didn't call an Uber for himself, but for an injured bird, specifically, a baby lesser goldfinch he found struggling on the ground.
The man, identified as Tim Crowley asked her if she would be willing to take the tiny bird to the rehabilitation center since he was drinking and couldn't drive. Crowley said, "At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’ hen we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’” He told the news outlet that the first Uber he booked canceled on them when they learned that the passenger would be a bird but Guynn said as long as they paid for the ride she would happily do it.
She said, "Just gave this little guy a ride from Sunset – first passenger I’ve ever had that chirps and doesn’t talk. It [was] his first Uber ride – and probably his only Uber ride.” The center posted the pictures of the rescued bird on their official Facebook page, writing, "Another FIRST you WILL NOT BELIEVE!!! What do you do when you find a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, but you've "had a few too many?"
The post added, "WELL, this rescuer called an UBER driver! NO, seriously, this little orphaned Lesser Goldfinch was the sole occupant of an Uber vehicle for a ride to WRCNU yesterday. While we feel we've seen it all and can't be amazed by anything, there is always SOMEONE out there to prove us wrong. Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well!"
Many people were applauded Crowley for his effort. One person wrote, "Thank you to man who called Uber and thank you to Uber driver." A second one added, "Thank you to all who helped save this baby bird!" A third one quipped, "God bless the man for rescuing this little cutie and getting the help it needed and for calling Uber and for not risking the life of other's since he had "one too many." And also god bless the Uber driver for coming to picking him after being denied by the first Uber driver. To Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah I hope that the little fellow is doing okay and I pray that he makes a speedy recovery and grows up big and strong to be a really strong little flyer and beautiful little lesser adult Goldfinch. A fellow bird lover"
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