This man spotted a tiny lump on the sidewalk and found out that it was a baby hummingbird. The baby was too young to fly and appeared malnourished, so Sammy took her home and nursed the bird back to health.
Sammy didn’t have any birds, so all the tools he used were makeshift. He made a perch out of duct tape and a popsicle stick and worked with her every day to get her strong enough to fly.
“She just needed a boost in confidence, or she just needed to get stronger to fly… and I think it was a little bit of both,” Sammy told The Dodo.
Slowly, Flit, which is what he named her, began to get stronger. Sammy realized that Flit was motivated by food, so he used a syringe and finally got her to take her first flight. Once he put some branches up on his wall, that was the only place that she would go to land.
To encourage Flit and help her get ready for the wild, he wrapped red paper around the syringe so she would know what to look for in the wild.
Finally, when she was strong enough, it was time to set her free. It was her first time outside since she had been rescued, and she looked around for a bit, still in Sammy’s hand. Finally, she flew away… right to a red flower.
“Went straight to her food source. That gave me a lot of relief and security in the fact that she’s going to be OK.”
If you ever find an injured baby hummingbird on the ground, you need to act fast because you have approximately four hours to start care and only about twenty-four hours to get help before it’s too late, says a source.
Start by lifting them, along with the material they’re resting on, and place them on a crumpled tissue in a shoebox with holes in the lid.
You never want to remove baby hummingbirds from their nest. However, keep in mind that before you rescue an animal, contact a wildlife rehabilitator in your area to find out of the animal needs help.
Lead Image Source : NPF Photography/Shutterstock. This article by Hailey Kanowski was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 14 July 2022.
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