Friendship
Bird attempts to help his injured friend fly away
The bird wanted to make sure his friend was okay.
Rachel Shapiro
11.02.21

Birds are truly incredible animals. Beyond the fact that they can fly, there are so many unique things about them, from the way they form bonds to the way they interact with other member of their species.

And it also turns out that birds can show compassion and love to other birds in need. A video of a bird helping his friend is proof of that.

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A man films two birds acting strangely on the ground.

At first, he thought it was interesting, but as he zooms the camera in, it’s clear what’s happening. A bird is desperately trying to help his friend who lays lifeless on the ground.

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It’s a heart-wrenching moment to watch.

The little bird jumps around as if he is yelling at his friend to fight and get through the injury. The poor bird then uses his beak to try and wake up his injured friend, but it’s to no avail.

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Despite the people who have gathered to watch what happens, the little bird refuses to leave his friend. He’s not scared of the big human beings standing near him. Instead, he’s fully focused on helping his friend get up. He flaps his wing and continues to prod his friend until he wakes up.

Finally, out of nowhere, the lifeless bird snaps awake. It’s an incredible sight to behold!

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While watching this video, you may be wondering, do birds really have feelings and emotions, or are we simply projecting our human emotions onto them?

According to an article by The Spruce, birds do have emotions, including love and affection.

These emotions can be seen most prominently in mated birds. The Spruce writes:

“Birds that mate for life may show love toward one another in many ways, including sharing companionship throughout the year just as human mates will. Devoted mates may protect one another, share food resources, or do other things to show their affection and caring.”

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The Spruce also adds that birds show complex emotions like grief and sadness:

“Birds have been documented as obviously looking for a lost mate or chick, however, and listless behaviors and drooped postures are common indicators of grieving birds. Some grieving birds may make piteous cries, perhaps hoping that a lost mate or companion might respond.”

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While we can never know for sure what this bird was thinking or feeling, we can guess that the bird was trying to make sure his friend was okay. It certainly appears to be that way in the video.

Check out the video for yourself below!

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Source: YouTube, The Spruce

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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