Mobile apps really can save lives--at least bird lives
Leon Timms is a tree surgeon in Marston, Oxfordshire. He’s also a bird lover and an iPhone owner. Those three things came magically into play when Timms saved a helpless little chaffinch from its near death experience.
After witnessing—from his living room window—the small animal take a dive to the ground, Timms brought little chaffinch inside his home in an attempt to rescue it. He told The Sun:
"I went to have a look and saw this chaffinch lying dazed on the ground—it must have flown into the solar panels on the roof or one of the upstairs windows. The bird looked like it was about to die any second—it was panting and struggling to breathe. I brought the chaffinch inside and starting stroking him on my lap and then I came up with the idea of playing it the sound of another chaffinch on my mobile phone app."
Yes, you read that right. The first thing that came to Timm’s mind when considering animal rescue 101 was a mobile app. It sounds a little absurd, but it worked:
"I popped the app on and almost immediately the bird’s eyes opened and he seemed to become more alert. It had looked almost lifeless when I brought it into the house and looked on his last legs but after I played the app it started to show signs of recovery. It definitely responded to the sound of another chaffinch—my wife was impressed that I had had the idea of using my mobile."
So are we, Timms. So are we.
What do you guys think about this—is the iPhone app partly responsible for the bird’s survival here? Do you have your own life saving app-related story?