One Saturday late last month, Utah resident Tim Crowley was enjoying some drinks with friends when they noticed someone who wasn’t having nearly as good of a time.
There, in the yard at their feet, was a little baby bird who’d evidently just tumbled from his nest up above. He was still too young to fly, and thus in urgent need of assistance.
“We were just hanging out under the tree it fell out of,” Crowley told The Dodo.
Rather than than leave the bird there perish, Crowley and his friends set down their beverages and moved in to help.
After moving the bird to a safe spot, Crowley decided the best thing to do was to transport him to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. But how to get him there wasn’t obvious at first. They were, after all, a bit tipsy by now.
“We had a few beers and didn’t feel safe to drive,” Crowley said. “That was when one of our friends first suggested we call an Uber. It was a joke at first, but we said why not?!”
So, that’s what they did.
“What started as a joke quickly turned into a great idea,” Crowley said.
Before long, an Uber car arrived. It was then Crowley explained to the driver that the bird was to be her passenger this trip.
“She was like, ‘What?'” Crowley recalled. “She was shocked.”
But still, the Uber driver followed through.
The driver dutifully dropped the bird off with rehabbers, who themselves were shocked at their new patient’s very modern method of arrival. Nevertheless, they thought Crowley and his friends made the right call.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the rehab center wrote. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well!”
Thankfully, the bird, whom Crowley and his pals named Petey, is doing well. He’s expected to be released back into the wild in the coming weeks, after he’s gained the strength he’ll need to survive on his own.
The good times did continue that day for Crowley and his friends after the bird departed in the Uber, but they didn’t forget about him. Upon learning of his safe arrival, the gang proposed a toast:
“If I remember correctly,” said Crowley, “it was, ‘Here’s to Petey.'”