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Woman Rescues Chirping, Injured Hummingbird

Woman Rescues Chirping, Injured Hummingbird


Written byGwenn Jansch of New York

I was at a strip mall in Annapolis, Maryland when I walked pasta bank andheard a chirp. I looked down to see a hummingbird. She had a bright green head with a black bill. The bird was lying on her sideand I thought she had possibly flown into the glass part of the window and got the wind knocked out of her.

I didn’t think the bird would make it and I took one step away. Just then she said “chirp, chirp” and the clouds started to rain a little. I looked around and saw a pet store. I didn’t know how to care for a hummingbird, but I had a plan. I bent down and talked softly to her as I scooped up the tiny bird in my hands. Her heart was beating rapidly and of all things, she stood up in my hand and chirped. I knew she would make it now.

She fell over, but stood up again so I put her in my palm and held my other hand over her to keep the rain off. I walked over to the pet store very carefully and went inside but no one would help. I went outside and a nice lady (an employee) asked if I needed help? I said yes and explained the story to her. She took the bird and asked “Do you want to let it go when it’s healed? I said “Yes, of course.”

She fed the bird sugar water and said the hummingbirds need it everytwo hours because they expend so much energy with a rapid metabolism. In 24 hours, we let the bird go near a small tree. I like to think that the bird was smart becauses he knew who to chirp at. She did not chirp at any other people who walked by.

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1:56PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Congrats to 2 wonderful people.

4:06PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

oh pretty bird

4:30PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Growing up in Oregon I have seen many of these tiny beautiful creatures. Each one is a gift. Thank you for saving this birds life.

2:22AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

What a touching story! I am overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing.

5:07PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

They just know don't they?

10:26AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

So touching. Thank you.

8:22AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Gwenn, you and the Pet store employee should be very proud of yourself. You saved that poor little Hummingbird's life. I'm sure he/she was very grateful. Thanks for sharing your rescue story with us.

4:24AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

great story, thanks for sharing :)

10:57AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Thank you for sharing your story. I wish more people were as caring as you, the world would be a better place. God bless you

6:06PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

You and the employee are very caring people.

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