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Originally posted May 2010, we thought this heartwarming video deserved another look now that Spring has once again sprung…

By Posted Apr 6, 2011

hummingbird Our intimate connections with nature often arrive unexpectedly…This young man found a baby hummingbird after it was attacked, and he nursed it back to health until it decided to stay and be his pet.

What I find interesting is the casual, gum-chewing teenager who finds himself focused on this miniature miracle of nature. The memory of this little episode will probably remain with him for the rest of his life.

While watching this video, be sure to have your sound on. The song in the background is a perfect companion piece to the video.

I still remember my brother, way back in the 1950s, finding an egg fallen from a nest and incubating it in a shoebox under a warm lamp. To our amazement, the egg hatched one day to reveal a tiny baby bluejay! My brother, then a boy of 8, fed the tiny bird through an eyedropper and raised it in our living room. He helped it learn to fly, just like in the video here, by raising and lowering his arm while the little bird practiced flapping his wings. Eventually the big day arrived and the bird was released outdoors. For months, the bird returned to the house, pecking on my sister’s bedroom window until it was let in and fed a treat of bread dipped in milk. Then it would fly off again.

These connections with nature are more than just momentary wonders. They draw us in to deeper thoughts about our own place and purpose within the web of life. The miracle of nature is embodied in every creature large and small, and our natural fascination feeds our connection to something larger than ourselves.

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  • Fred

    I think that might be the cutest/coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I wish I could have one now, lol.

  • BeeJ

    Too cute! And the bird's cute too!

  • Sneha Singh

    very nice post, cute bird………….

  • matt freeman

    By watching the video it really made me think that our world is such a beautiful place. So glad to have the chance to live life!

  • Lisa

    Such a cute little bird. Good job for the young man who take care of the little bird.

  • Cathy Mullenix

    So what happened after this? Did the little bird finally learn to go out himself and live in nature? What was the end or continuation of the story? Thanks

    • I have no information about how the hummingbird fared after this was filmed. If you find any follow-up story please let us know!

    • Susan Evert Adams

      From his YouTube Video
      UPDATE!!! when she thought she was ready to leave (and she was) she flew off to her favorite patch of the back yard, and her instincts instantly kicked in, and now she’s just like all the other hummingbirds. for those that are concerned that she has imprinted on humans and wouldn’t survive in the wild, don’t worry, she is thriving. she has even successfully migrated and returned back to my yard. and for those who think i didn’t know what i was doing, i did NOT feed her plain sugar water. i went outside 3 times a day and caught flies from my compost bin (be green people) in big bags, crushed them, and mixed them in as well. I also helped her learn to catch flies while flying (not in the video because the flies were too small). It was a pretty hectic but very rewarding experience and, in the end, i don’t think it could have worked out any better 🙂

      • Wow, you caught and prepared flies for the hummingbird, amazing!
        Thanks for the update and for your most interesting comments.

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