(UPDATE!) Bird On A Broom: An Unexpected Dance

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It seems many people worried about the bird which flew into Rhiannon Greer’s new place of business this week.

We have an update.

The story went:

I had followed Austin Greer out onto the sidewalk to snap a few photos and noticed his wife, Rhiannon, had sprung into action on what appeared to be an act of compulsive cleaning, tackling a hanging light fixture with a broom, inside the future home of Dance With Hope Studio in downtown Grayson.

Seeking an action shot, I snapped a few frames as I approached the eight-months-pregnant dance instructor.

“It’s a bird! I think it might be injured,” she said just before we both watched the bird gently hop onto the broom.

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 With a slight gasp, Rhiannon Greer eased the bird-laden broom downward. The little bird’s comfort, however, was quickly breeched and it took off and flew directly into a nearby wall, then fell to the floor.

“Put on gloves – that thing will bite you,” her husband cautioned as she initially picked the bird up in her bare hands.

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Emitting a high warble, the bird escaped her gentle grip and flew directly toward me, impacting with my camera’s shoulder strap and then briefly perched upon my shoe.

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This all happened REALLY fast!

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Poor photo, yes, but it scared me to death!

I snapped a couple of frames before the feathered guest winged it toward the front of the store.

Heeding her husband’s advice Greer slipped on a pair of heavy work gloves and managed another brief cupping hold, but the bird was bound and determined to get away.

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 An animal lover, Greer kept a close eye on the bird throughout our interview and photo session. The winged visitor was perched above one the glass doors as I departed.

Greer reports the bird was not inside long after.

“I got it out right after you left!”

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 A story and photos about Rhiannon and Austin Greer’s new location for Dance With Hope Studio, in Grayson, will appear in an upcoming package on Carter County Post.

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Story and Photos by TIM PRESTON 

Carter County Post

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