Have you heard the fable about the mouse and the lion?
Once upon a time, there was a mouse who went wandering through the forest and mistakenly climbed onto the back of a lion When the lion discovered the rodent he grabbed him and threatened to eat him alive, but the mouse begged for mercy.
“Please sir,” he squeaked. “If you spare my life one day I’ll save yours.”
The lion was so amused by the mouse’s bold promise, he let him go. Shortly thereafter, the lion was tangled in a hunter’s trap. The mouse heard his cries and went to help him and gnawed the ropes that held him captive.
The moral of the story is sometimes small friends prove to be great friends.
Once upon time, there was a homing pigeon whose French name, Cher Ami, means Dear Friend. During World War I, she like so many other pigeons carried messages across enemy lines. During the Battle of Verdun, she delivered 12 critical messages. On her final mission in October 1918, she was shot through the breast and shot down, but against all odds managed to take flight again. The message she delivered was inside a capsule hanging from a ligament of her shattered leg. That message saved 200 U.S. Soldiers.
So, yes, small friends are great indeed.
The American Pigeon Museum
In 1973, the American Pigeon Museum and Library was established. Twenty years later, they purchased 10 acres in Oklahoma City and just last month moved into a brand new building that will open to the public early next year.
It’s located just south of NE 63rd Street and west of Bryant Avenue, and it has an extensive collection of pigeon equipment clocks, bands, trophies and paintings. It also has a lot great military photographs and Army pigeon corps equipment from both world wars including message holders like the one Cher Ami carried through whizzing bullets and battlefields of lore.
In 1957, the U.S. military stopped using war pigeons. But, in France, where the French military has ballistic missiles, nuclear subs and spy satellites, 150 birds remain in the 8th regiment, west of Paris. In the event of a catastrophe like a hurricane or even nuclear war, racing pigeons could serve as a last-resort messaging system. Last year, in a Syrian City citizens at war with an evil regime relied on carrier pigeons for communication when their walkie-talkies were out of reach.
Never underestimate the power of your friends — all of them — great and small.
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