What kind of mother abandons her babies?
This isn’t how I wanted the story to end.
I like stories that end in happiness and joy, and now I have no idea what went wrong, what happened.
Is there something I could have done? I would have helped her; I’m a fixer, I like to take care of animals. And people.
Mom built a great nest, laid one egg, and I kept waiting for the next one but it never came. For a while, all was good, she sat on the nest daily and I made sure that I didn’t bother her just in case she liked privacy.
Mom hasn’t been around for about three days. The one little egg is still in the nest. I’m sure it’s not viable at this point. I wonder why she disappeared. Did she get attacked by a predator? Did her instincts tell her that there was something wrong with the egg and it shouldn’t be born?
We’ll never know, but it triggered my own issues with abandonment and not having answers to painful experiences or not being able to render aid.
It’s not natural for mothers of any species to abandon their children. It goes against all the laws of nature and psychology and maternal bonding. Sadly, in humans, abandonment leaves the children to deal with “mother wounds”; significant emotional, mental and psychological aftereffects.
However, on the bright side (which is where I like to live), there’s a Vireo successfully nesting; she comes back every single year. So far, she’s had about one hundred babies born out of the same little seashell bird house nestled in the ficus tree.