Woman Rescues Chirping, Injured Hummingbird
Written by Gwenn Jansch of New York
I was at a strip mall in Annapolis, Maryland when I walked past a bank and heard 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 side and 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 every two 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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