Love and Sorrow … Felt by All God’s Creatures

A touching story of love and sorrow felt by God’s creatures!


A female swallow, after suffering a hit by a car as she swooped too low across the road, awaits her mate.

Her male mate arrives at her side with food and attends her with love and compassion.

He brings her food again, but finds her lying still.

With all his might, he tried moving her lifeless body to awaken her – an effort rarely seen in swallows.

Aware his mate was dead and would never come back to him again, he cried out with anguish and adoring love

… He stood beside her, saddened of her death, finally aware his mate would never return.

Millions of people were touched after seeing these photos in America, Europe, Australia, and even India.  The photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France.  All copies of that edition sold out on the day these pictures were published.

And many people think animals and birds don’t have brains or feelings.
You have just witnessed love and sorrow felt by God’s creatures.

Image Credit

I remember seeing this story at least a couple of years ago (2009). I was touched then and again today. An email received today, prompted me to search for the origin of the story and copies of the original photos. These have the credit stamped on the photographs.

I also discovered the birds in this story are swallows.
© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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13 Responses to Love and Sorrow … Felt by All God’s Creatures

  1. Elle.Tea.Emm says:

    aww this is so sad and touching. makes me want to cry a little. thanks for sharing this, i’ve never seen or heard of it before.


  2. Oh, I just want to bawl. I am so touched by nature and this is an example why. Thanks for sharing. Tears.


  3. Renee Espriu says:

    Brought tears to my eyes, Becca. I had not seen these and it is so true about loss. I had to put down my oldest cat last year and my other cat mourned a very long time at his passing.


  4. This touched my core❥ Thanks for sharing


  5. kaykuala says:

    Thanks Becca! I didn’t see it the first time. But what I see now is what I would have wanted we humans to emulate.



  6. jeni says:

    Oh my goodness… my heart just dropped a few feet!!!! tears have welled up in my throat – this is remarkable. REMARKABLE!!! thank you for sharing….


  7. laurie kolp says:

    Aww, Becca. Thanks so much for sharing this.


  8. tigerbrite says:

    This is heart wrenching and says so much. Thank you for your visit to my blog.


  9. touched.
    ..and I was about to blog about this too! 🙂


  10. Grace says:

    Beautiful story and pictures …. I was moved by this… thanks for sharing this ~


  11. I remember also receiving this email too Becca.. and you have just set me off again.. as the tears flow.. Love is the same in any Universal Language regardless if its Animals, Birds, Mammals or Humans. Thank you for sharing Becca.. As our compassion opens up the energy flow within the Earth Mother..


  12. souldipper says:

    Wow, Becca, this moves me to the nth degree. I didn’t see this in the “rounds” I will be linking this post to my Soul Dipper page on Face Book. Thank you for putting out this incredibly important message.


  13. What a beautiful story….it brings tears.


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