Missy Dubuisson
Doug Pojecky with GiGi

     GiGi, a great horned owl, was completely alone - until she met the one man she'd never forget.

GiGi first arrived at Mississippi's ‘Wild at Heart Rescue’ toward the end of May after suffering significant head trauma, which the rescue suspected was the result of being hit by a car. She had a massive concussion, her body was riddled with parasites and she had a condition called aspergillosis, which is similar to pneumonia in humans, Missy Dubuisson, founder and director of ‘Wild at Heart’ said. GiGi was so ill that, during the course of her treatment, she lost an entire pound of weight - which was a lot, considering great horned owls typically weigh anywhere from 2 to 5 pounds.
     "This bird was one of the most critical we have ever taken care of," she said. "The fact that this bird has lived is beyond comprehension."
     But if there was anyone at the rescue who could help GiGi get back in good health, it would be Douglas "Doug" Pojeky, president of the rescue and affectionately known as the "birds of prey whisperer."

"In all my years of working with birds of prey, I have never seen anyone with such a bond with these magnificent birds," Dubuisson said.
     Under Pojeky's care, GiGi went from knocking at "death's door to perching. ”She also went from being hand-fed to grabbing food on her own. GiGi had undoubtedly come to trust and care for Pojeky, and she made it known just how much in the most surprising way.
     Pojeky had been on a trip to Michigan, visiting family, leaving GiGi without his company for a while. After he returned, he gave GiGi an examination, and she immediately started bobbing her head and dancing on his arm. Then, she slowly walked up to his chest, rested her head on his shoulder and draped her wings around him in a full fledged owl hug.

     The look of pure content on her face just before she embraced Pojeky showed just how happy she was to be reunited with her favorite human.
     Pojeky said that being hugged by GiGi held a particularly special importance to him. Growing up, a great horned owl used to perch on the top of his father’s barn. While his father often saw the owl, Pojeky and the rest of his family rarely did. However, on the morning of his father's death, the owl was spotted overlooking the farm house, where his father had passed away, before flying off into the woods.
     "For some reason when that bird was hugging me, all I could think of was my dad," Pojeky said.

     Once GiGi makes a full recovery, she'll be released back into the wild. But in the meantime, she has Pojeky to lean on. It literally brings tears to my eyes to watch him interact with these birds," she said. "They absolutely know him and trust him. It's the trust that you see in their faces."


by Father Patrick A. Martin

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Pope Francis has published his prayer intention for the month, asking others to join him in his intention for June:

That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.

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A message from Bishop Michael Cote
Diocese of Norwich, CT
June 11, 2017
Defending Our Religious Liberty

According to Archbishop William E. Lori of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for religious freedom, evangelizing not only saves souls, it also preserves religious freedom. When people’s minds and hearts have been opened to the truth and beauty of God’s love and the love of God has been poured into their hearts – then the natural endowment of religious freedom comes alive and people are more likely to defend religious freedom in society. As lawmakers move to revise the health care mandate, may they procure our religious freedom.

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