Monday, January 11, 2010

There may or may not be a dead bird in my car

When I come home with the kids, I usually need to make more than one trip to unload everything. The other day, I left my car door open in between trips to unload. When I came out, I discovered a little bird had flown into my car. Instead of opening more doors and letting the poor thing out of my car, I immediately locked him in and ran to get the kids so they could see it.

That's your first instinct, right? Not free the little flying animal inside my car before it poops all over my seats. No. Trap it inside for awhile longer. Because that's a good idea.

When we came back out to the car...no bird. Anywhere in the car. And I mean anywhere. I got out a flashlight, and searched. And searched. And searched. WTF happened to that bird?

I'm 99% sure it did not fly out before I shut the door. I'm just as sure it didn't fly out when we opened the door. Either it found some other way out of my car, or it flew up into the dashboard or something, and died.

How long does it take for a dead bird to start smelling...?

13 comments:

Kat said...

Oh no! I'm hoping for your sake that it found an escape route and it's not hiding in your car somewhere.

Christy said...

I think it would start smelling pretty quickly...and I also think it escaped through the engine. Not sure WHY I think that, but I do! Too funny Kari!!!

Issas Crazy World said...

I'd say two days. Max. Laughing.

Honey? I suggest you go get it like detail cleaned. maybe they'll find it?

Tamara said...

Ewwwww...it wouldn't take long, but my experience is only with dead mice in the wall. You'll suffer tremendously for a few days, then it will dissipate. (Although I also think it probably escaped in a Houdini trick.) I would have shut it in too, but only because I'd be scared of it flying past me on its way out.

Tamara @ Watching the Grass Grow

Sophie, Inzaburbs said...

Strange things happen. If it hasn't flown out while you weren't looking (maybe it was a very fast bird?) you will just have to hope all those sci-fi stories are real and it escaped down a wormhole or teleported to another dimension :-)

Kirsten said...

Only you would trap the thing in your car so your kids could see it. I would run screaming, and Avery would be running with me. We hate birds.

Andrea's Sweet Life said...

That bird will get the last laugh when you can't find the where the stench is coming from. Or, wait... I guess, it'll be dead so it won't be laughing.

Lish said...

I'm going to stop reading your blog during my lunch break.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Yeah...I don't think trapping it would have been my first thought... But more because of the bird poo issue than anything else. I think it escaped. Otherwise you would have heard it fluttering around.

Scott said...

I think it was admirable that you wanted to share the experience. Who would have known that there is a secret passage from under the dashboard up into the air conditioning unit? And so I hate to add to your fears, but the equation remains 1 bird in + 0 birds out = 1 bird remaining (remains?). Fortunately, sounds like it was a small bird, so potential stink should be minimal. I hope for your sake.

I am Janeen... said...

Has it started to smell yet?
This would be a great excuse to get out of coming to see us this week! :-) Not that you need one!

Maura said...

Goodness! I think that it got out - a small bird could find a tiny opening you wouldn't consider. But if it didn't...I think you'll know it soon.

I can relate to the idea of "Cool! Wait til the kids see this!" but I would have been concerned about the mess, too.

Hope it all ends well!

anymommy said...

Bllaaarrrrggg. I don't know. Update us with that info, could come in handy.

 

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