Police Officers Lay An Umbrella On Their Car - The Reason Why Takes The Community By Surprise
FaithTap Staff 5/12/2016
We know that the police are sworn to serve and protect people, but officers with the Parma Police Department in Ohio recently stepped outside the box and protected something different.
Claiming A Car As Her Own
A feathered friend had commandeered a backup police cruiser stashed in the parking lot of the police station. Snuggled between the windshield and the hood, police officers found this momma mourning dove roosting on her recently built nest that contained two eggs.
They decided not to move her and instead protected her from Mother Nature. They built her a shelter out of an umbrella they duct-taped to the window and left there on rainy days. They even cordoned off the cruiser with crime scene tape, so she'd be left alone.
A Diet Of Worms And Water
The officers also found worms to feed her and regularly offered her fresh water in a blue cup.
Watch this interview with the department's spokesperson about the officers' efforts to save the bird, her nest and babies.
Spare Car Saves The Nest
Police officers note that this particular vehicle is a backup unit and not in service while occupied by the bird, so the mourning dove they nicknamed Gerty stayed there long enough to hatch her eggs and care for her babies until they were strong enough to fly.