There is a little bird flying around humming a happy tune, all because of the compassion of Seattle, Washington firefighter Andy Reilly.
Early Tuesday, Reilly was leaving the firehouse when he noticed what at first he thought to be a giant moth on the floor. After he took a closer look, he realized it was a hummingbird. “I saw something on the floor that I first thought was a giant moth,” he wrote on Facebook. “On closer inspection it turned out to be a humming bird.”
Reilly said that the little bird appeared stunned, which he thinks may have been the result of him flying aimlessly around the firehouse. “The doors of the bay had been closed for hours,” he wrote to a Q13Fox reporter. “It must have gotten exhausted flying around inside.”
Reilly had to answer a call to duty, but when he returned the firefighter made a little nest out of a clean rag and tried unsuccessfully to get the hummingbird to drink some sugar water.
“I took it home this morning and picked up some hummingbird food on the way,” he wrote. “I’d read on the internet that if they get that tired and cold they will almost hibernate.”
Reilly placed the little fellow on the dash of his pickup truck, where is was already warm from the sun, and left the door open for ventilation.
“After about 10 minutes of being in the sun it started breathing normally and waking up,” he wrote. “I fed it some food from a dropper.”
He said that over a fifteen minute period, he fed the little bird three more times. “I kept feeding it every few minutes and it would sleep in between,” wrote Reilly. “Finally it flew off into the apple tree, and then to parts unknown.”
Photo Credit: Shutterstock