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Hummingbird gives sweetest ‘thank you’ to rescuer
The hummingbird gave a sweet 'thank you' the man was sure never to forget.
Jenny Brown
04.19.22

Hummingbirds are unique, beautiful animals. Since they move so fast, we typically only get a fleeting glimpse of them — unless they’re in trouble.

That’s what happened with a man named Will Salameh. The kind man ended up getting up an up-close encounter with a hummingbird that needed rescuing.

YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh
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YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh

The bird was discovered around 8 am in Will’s garage, and the homeowner luckily had a little syringe around so that the bird could be fed and re-hydrated.

What luck! The bird drank greedily from the syringe and even looked up at its rescuer as if to say “hey, thanks, man!”

After getting some of its energy back, it managed to stretch its wings – but it still didn’t go anywhere.

YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh
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YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh

A few hours later the hummingbird was still in the garage where it was saved (perhaps trying to get its wits about it? We’re not sure how many wits a hummingbird has though).

By 1 pm it was ready for a little more sugar water before it took flight, and its savior was happy to oblige.

YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh
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YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh

Then, around 3 pm, when it looked like the bird might need more time than expected, the good samaritan found some items to make it a little nest and nursed it some more from the syringe.

But, eventually, it was time to go and we see a hand reach into the little plastic box with the nesting materials to pluck out the bird (who seemed to be getting pretty comfortable).

It’s pretty magical to see a hummingbird rest comfortably on someone’s hand, but this little creature seemed to know it was safe.

YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh
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YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh

So safe, in fact, that it decided not to leave. After all, if someone offers you a cushy pad and free food that you don’t have to find yourself, what’s the rush?

Even as 4 o’clock rolled around, the hummingbird was still standing by, seemingly unwilling to leave its new friend.

YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh
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YouTube Screenshot - Will Salameh

Luckily, a few minutes later it decided it was safe enough to leave the comfort of its convalescent confines and fly away.

This is not the first time a hummingbird has made news for sticking around after a save.

A man and his new rescue dog Rex discovered a hummingbird in need. And after years of living on the mean streets, it was the dog that rescued the little creature!

YouTube Screenshot - CBS Los Angeles
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YouTube Screenshot - CBS Los Angeles

The hummingbird looked dead – it was featherless, covered in ants, and on the ground. But the dog refused to leave it.

Ed Gernon felt he had no choice but to take it home. And he ended up nursing it all the way back to health – even teaching it to fly again using a hairdryer!

He named the bird Hummer and it lived in his house for quite some time. After it flew off, it would even come back to visit its rescuers!

YouTube Screenshot - Ed Gernon
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YouTube Screenshot - Ed Gernon

It’s wonderful to hear these stories of people helping tiny hummingbirds in need. And it’s beautiful to see just how grateful the little birds are.

Check out the video of Will and the hummingbird below!

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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