Prepared for burial with respect


With respect: One day, photographer Jasper Doest and his daughter Fleur, 7, found a dead finch while walking. “Fleur wanted to bury her, but since I didn’t know what caused her death, I didn’t want to carry her in my bare hands,” Doest writes. “We decided to take her in the only item we carried in our pockets—a disposable face mask (carried as a backup in case we forget our reusable ones).” Back home, they put the finch on the ground, and Fleur suggested they use the mask as a blanket until they dug a hole. Doerst wanted to honor this finch. More than 400,000 people have liked his image since it was posted on our [National Geographic] Instagram page.

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