Story Contest 2018 #1 Results » Highly Commended - Sub-junior Category
“The Bird with the Injured Wing” by Zuha, Saudi Arabia, is the Highly Commended story in the sub-junior category of the first biannual Short Story Contest 2018.
The Bird with the Injured Wing
Once upon a time there lived a seven-year-old boy named Alex. Alex and his friends spent lots of time in the forest during the summer vacation.
One day, Alex’s friends could not join him in the forest, so he went alone. He took a bicycle and a very big net with him. He was going to hunt. He walked deep into the forest and saw a bird. He had never seen a bird quite like this! He threw a stone at the bird. The bird did not take flight, but instead hopped around.
Alex realized that this bird could not fly.
Alex was known to be very brave. In fact, everyone called him “Brave Boy”. He walked slowly towards the bird, picked it up and decided to take it home. He could not wait to show his family and friends!
But his family and friends were afraid of the bird. Alex decided to keep it in a cage. Having never seen a bird like this before, he decided to do some research. He was shocked to discover that the bird he was keeping inside the cage was an eagle.
Alex wanted to know how he could take care of the eagle, so he called a veterinarian. He explained how he had found the bird, that he had brought it home, and that it appeared to be injured. The veterinarian told Alex that the bird would need care for at least five months.
Alex wanted to know what he should feed the eagle. He found out that eagles love to hunt and eat meat.
His friends visited regularly to see this bird. They all agreed that Alex was lucky to look after such a strange but beautiful bird. Alex wanted to know the age of the eagle, so he once again called the veterinarian. He found out that the eagle was ten years old!
After five months, the veterinarian instructed Alex to release the eagle. Its wings had healed, and it had to be released back into its own habitat. Alex was sad to see the eagle go, but he knew it was the right thing to do.
He would always remember that once he was brave enough to take care of this wonderful bird of prey!
Would you have been as brave as Alex?