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A Man Going For A Jog Found This Baby Bird. You Have To See Next 36 Days… AMAZING.

Veterinarian ‘DachsUndDachshund‘ recently posted this amazing story to imgur about how out jogging one day he stumbled upon this tiny freshly hatched songbird that had fallen out of its nest. Unable to locate the nest so he could return the baby bird to it, he decided to take it home and hand raise it himself until it was big and health enough to be released into the world to sing its songs. Here is the amazingly beautiful story that is sure to put a smile on your face:

Day 1 – Here is the little chick on the first day. My brother had been out jogging, and found it on the sidewalk. It was actually still attached to part of its shell and some dried membranes. Clearly freshly hatched, we were unable to locate the nest in the group of trees above us. **NOTE** if you find a bird this young, it is best to try to locate the nest and put it back in. There is a myth that you can’t touch a baby bird, because the parents will reject it due to the smell of humans. PLEASE don’t try this at home! This is not meant as a guide, but more to show you the amazing development and growth of songbirds. Wildlife rehabilitation should only be carried out by those licensed to do so!

“” Day 1 – Here is the little chick on the first day. My brother had been out jogging, and found it on the sidewalk. It was actually still attached to part of its shell and some dried membranes. Clearly freshly hatched, we were unable to locate the nest in the group of trees above us. **NOTE** if you find a bird this young, it is best to try to locate the nest and put it back in. There is a myth that you can”

Day 2 – Aren’t baby birds cute in an ugly kind of way? We kept the chick in an incubator, carefully controlling the humidity and temperature. We decided she was a she (though we were never able to find out if it was male or female), and called her “Dumpling.” All baby birds look very similar, so we had no way to really know what kind of bird this was. We’d have to wait and see how she grew, and what her feathers looked like.

Day 3 – Baby birds eat a lot! We fed this chick primarily with crickets, mealworms, waxworms, caught insects, and a commercially available liquid formula for chicks. We fed the chick every 30 minutes for 14 hours/day, simulating what she would get in the wild. Just imagine what that means! This was just one chick, and most songbird broods will have anywhere from 2 – 5 chicks. The amount of insects songbird parents need to catch to feed their chicks (and themselves) is a bit staggering when you think about it. Since the parents don’t feed their chicks overnight, we didn’t either. This is opposed to many mammalian babies that need to be fed regularly around the clock.

“” Day 3 – Baby birds eat a lot! We fed this chick primarily with crickets, mealworms, waxworms, caught insects, and a commercially available liquid formula for chicks. We fed the chick every 30 minutes for 14 hours\/day, simulating what she would get in the wild. Just imagine what that means! This was just one chick, and most songbird broods will have anywhere from 2 – 5 chicks. The amount of insects songbird parents need to catch to feed their chicks (and themselves) is a bit staggering when you think about it. Since the parents don”

Day 4 – You can see here the amazing development of the wing feathers in just a few days’ time. Also, she had a hilarious wispy mohawk of down feathers that got even more ridiculous when she got a little older. She would start squawking to be fed every 30-45 minutes. An interesting note: instincts are fascinating with these animals. Even with the poor coordination and closed eyes, this chick knew enough to back up to the edge of the nest we made for her and poop over the side, so as to not dirty the nest.

Day 5 – By day 5, Dumpling was able to sit more “sternal” (on her chest with the legs tucked under her body) with more stability. Look at the changes in the feathers in just another 24 hours! She is actually starting to look like a bird! Her eyes were starting to open just a little bit by this time, as well.

“” Day 5 – By day 5, Dumpling was able to sit more \”sternal\” (on her chest with the legs tucked under her body) with more stability. Look at the changes in the feathers in just another 24 hours! She is actually starting to look like a bird! Her eyes were starting to open just a little bit by this time, as well.””

Day 6 – Here is a nice shot of the amazing continued development of her wing feathers. You can see them encased in a cornified sheath. Once the feather gets to its final size, this sheath disintegrates and the feather is allowed to spread open.

Day 7 – Overnight, all of the feather sheaths fell away and -tada!- we have a bird! You can see here as well that she has a bent lateral toe on her left leg. Not much to be done about that in a bird this small, and it really didn’t slow her down at all.

“” Day 7 – Overnight, all of the feather sheaths fell away and -tada!- we have a bird! You can see here as well that she has a bent lateral toe on her left leg. Not much to be done about that in a bird this small, and it really didn”

Day 8 – “FEED ME!!” At this point, she was eating 3 large crickets +/- waxworms at every feeding.

Day 9 – By this time, we were able to stop using the incubator. Since her body was covered in feathers, she was able to regulate her body heat on her own. The tufts of chick fluff and the eternally grumpy expression that baby birds have was hilarious.

“” Day 9 – By this time, we were able to stop using the incubator. Since her body was covered in feathers, she was able to regulate her body heat on her own. The tufts of chick fluff and the eternally grumpy expression that baby birds have was hilarious.””

Day 10 – We moved her into more of a conventional cage, and gave her more materials to explore. She was really happy, despite her expression.

Day 11 – She was able to officially perch for the first time! Definitely a big step in the right direction. She doesn’t have much of a tail yet, so her balance isn’t great, but she had a really strong grip and could hold herself up there very well, bad toe and all.

“” Day 11 – She was able to officially perch for the first time! Definitely a big step in the right direction. She doesn”

Day 12 – She was a very sweet little bird, and enjoyed perching on our hands, early on. You can see some sprouting millet seeds in the background, which we added to her diet to continue to increase the variety of food she was exposed to. By this point, we actually didn’t have to feed her as often. We would hand feed her every 1-2 hours, and place worms in the cage for her to forage for in between times.

Day 13 – Almost 2 weeks from hatching, and she is now perching very well! You can see that her strength and balance has improved even compared to Day 11. Her legs are more upright, showing a better perching posture. This “hocks up” posture is very characteristic of 14-day old songbird chicks, so she is right on schedule.

“” Day 13 – Almost 2 weeks from hatching, and she is now perching very well! You can see that her strength and balance has improved even compared to Day 11. Her legs are more upright, showing a better perching posture. This \”hocks up\” posture is very characteristic of 14-day old songbird chicks, so she is right on schedule.””

Day 14 – She is starting to look more mature. That hilarious baby down is disappearing. Now that she is over 2 weeks old, I’ll start skipping days.

Day 17 – Here she is in a larger cage that she graduated to. We put in freshly cut branches so she can have a variety of perching options, and can explore the leaves and twigs like she would in the wild. By this point, she is hopping and flying around the cage like a professional. **NOTE** Any of you with pet birds, it is very important to have a variety of perches. The best ones are branches you cut yourself from non-toxic trees. It’s great, healthy enrichment for your pets!

“” Day 17 – Here she is in a larger cage that she graduated to. We put in freshly cut branches so she can have a variety of perching options, and can explore the leaves and twigs like she would in the wild. By this point, she is hopping and flying around the cage like a professional. **NOTE** Any of you with pet birds, it is very important to have a variety of perches. The best ones are branches you cut yourself from non-toxic trees. It”

Day 22 – We started placing her cage out on the deck to get her exposed to the wind, the sun and other birds. This is important for socialization and training. Other birds would come to the feeders and interact with her, and she could watch them and learn their songs.

Day 23 – This is one of my favorite pictures of her, showing her wonderfully patterned feathers. By this point, we decided she was likely a White Crowned Sparrow or Chipping Sparrow. WCS is a species of bird that is common around here, but you don’t see them often because they don’t come to bird feeders regularly. Chipping Sparrows are very common, but there were a few pictures of juveniles that didn’t match well with her. Both are a migratory species, traveling south for the winter. We were hoping to get her fit for release in plenty of time to make that trip.

“” Day 23 – This is one of my favorite pictures of her, showing her wonderfully patterned feathers. By this point, we decided she was likely a White Crowned Sparrow or Chipping Sparrow. WCS is a species of bird that is common around here, but you don”

Day 25 – Another lovely side view of her, showing her feather patterning. It provides for great camouflage as they flit among the trees.

Day 27 – By this time, she was completely off of eating crickets (showed absolutely no interest in them), and her diet was more seed and worm-based. She was also eating on her own, completely. She actually didn’t let us feed her anymore, which was a good sign.

“” Day 27 – By this time, she was completely off of eating crickets (showed absolutely no interest in them), and her diet was more seed and worm-based. She was also eating on her own, completely. She actually didn”

Day 29 – She loved all of the new leafy branches we’d put in for her. A large part of their diet in the wild is tree buds, and she’d go after those immediately whenever we put fresh branches in for her.

Day 33 – At this point, she was essentially releasable. However, there were some expected storms rolling in over the next few days, so we decided to keep her for a few days longer to give her the best chance.

“” Day 33 – At this point, she was essentially releasable. However, there were some expected storms rolling in over the next few days, so we decided to keep her for a few days longer to give her the best chance.””

Day 36, Release Day – After storms the night before, Day 36 dawned beautifully. Confident that the weather was going to be nice for several days, and that the recent rainfall would give her plenty of drinking and feeding opportunities, we decided this would be the perfect day to send her on her way! We drove to a nearby nature preserve about a mile from where she was initially found and where we knew there to be others of her kind.

Bye Bye, Dumpling! – We opened the cage door and stepped back. After a few minutes, she hopped out and flitted immediately up into a tree. She didn’t hesitate at all. She immediately started exploring the branches, biting at tree buds and hopping from branch-to-branch like a wild bird. Pretty soon, we lost sight of her.

“” Bye Bye, Dumpling! – We opened the cage door and stepped back. After a few minutes, she hopped out and flitted immediately up into a tree. She didn”

What an absolutely amazing story. The fact he raised a tiny pink, helpless, fetus-looking thing into a release-ready bird is a testament to his skill as a veterinarian. It should be noted that the rearing of any wildlife can be difficult, and should only be undertaken by those trained (and licensed, in many cases) to do so. Many animals, especially migratory birds, are protected under federal law, and it is illegal to have them in your care without the proper permits. If you find any injured or sick wildlife, your best bet is to look for a local wildlife rehabilitation organization. Source: imgur Share this heart-warming animal rescue story with your friends below.

This Guy Rescued 12 Ducklings From A Manhole And Still Had Enough Time To Melt My Heart.

When this mother duck was out for a walk during a nice and warm summer day with her 12 little ones, she crossed a manhole grate and sadly all her duckling got stuck down in a drain. Luckily for mama duck, some nearby office workers heard her cries of distress and hatched a daring rescue plan.

If I would’ve been that mama duck I would’ve been freaking out, biting everybody, screaming for my babies, totally making the situation worse. Props to mama duck’s composure, way to keep it together girl. (Source: Tommy Allen) Share this ducktastic rescue video with your friends and family below.

When They Found This Poor Cat Frozen In The Snow, They Knew They Had To Do Something

This frozen cat was able to keep one of its nine lives thanks to a couple that was quick to the rescue.

As the cat sat shivering in a puddle of water in Russia, this caring couple happened to stumble upon it, and they knew just what to do. Grabbing bucket after bucket of warm water, they took turns showering the cat in hopes of warming it up enough to save its life. After a few minutes, the couple wrapped the cat in a coat and headed for a safe place.

Watch the rescue unfold in the video below.

Read More: 2 Men Save A Kitten That Was Stranded On A Clothesline Outside Of A Building

This couple is proof that you don’t have to be a superhero to help save a life. Keep up the good work, guys!

25-Year-Old Rescue Dog Could Be The Oldest Pup In The World

If there’s one wish all pet owners share, it’s that our furry friends could live forever.

Although that’s obviously impossible, this dog’s humans should consider themselves lucky. They might share their home with the oldest dog on Earth!

Tara the rescue dog is 25 years old, and she’s owned by Burt Ward, the actor who played Robin in the 1960s Batman series. Ward is so passionate about animal rescue, in fact, that he and his wife care for 50 rescue pups!

If you want to learn more about Tara’s incredible life, check this out.

What a happy girl! It’s easy to see that she’s lived her long life to the fullest, and we wish her many more years to come.

If you’ll excuse me, I need to go track down some of that food for my dog.

Instead Of Euthanizing Unwanted Cats, This Shelter Is Giving Them A New Purpose

Despite the work of tens of thousands of animal shelters and even more volunteers around the country, nearly 3 million companion animals are euthanized each year. More than half of them are cats. To combat this, SpokAnimal struck up a program with the goal of giving unwanted cats a second chance.

So how do they do it? They match cats to farms, warehouses, and other properties where the furry felines can offer their rodent-killing services.

Not only are they saving the cats from certain death, they’re also giving them a new purpose in life.

Learn more about the program here!

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SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. is on a mission to save as many cats as possible. Find out how they’re helping ferals get a second chance at life.

Posted by The Animal Rescue Site on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

You can find out how to help these cuties, along with other shelter animals, by visiting SpokAnimal’s Facebook or by donating on their website.

Exhausted Stray Dog Gets Rescued in the Most Unusual Way

PJ here had been living on the streets of Los Angeles for some time and people had tried to catch the little guy without much success. But when Eldad Hagar from Hope For Paws went out one day trying to find little PJ, he came upon him fast asleep in a parking lot and decided it was best to act quick. Eldad managed to catch PJ by throwing a net over the sleeping pooch. Boom: Science.

That might not be the best way to wake up, but PJ will be fine with a lifetime of love ahead of him to wipe out the memories of the harsh life on the street…and the memory of waking up in that scary way. Source: Eldad Hagar / Hope For Paws Share this dog rescue video with your friends and family below.

This Dog Was Scared, Wounded, And Starving When They Found Her. Now Look At Her!

Our Indian friends at Animal Aid Unlimited recently discovered a street dog that was in desperate need of help — and would’ve died without a rescue. The pup was suffering from a maggot-infested neck wound that was both threatening her life and making it miserable.

Without treatment she would have died in a day or two. Luckily they got to her in time and she’s been transformed into the most adorable, happy little dog now!

The men and women behind Animal Aid Unlimited really are angels on Earth.

If you’d like to contribute, please visit their site and donate! They do truly wonderful work and help animals that otherwise would be forgotten.

They Heard Screeching Coming From A Well, But They Never Expected To Find This

Villagers in Maharashtra, India, suspected that something was wrong when they began hearing howling and crying coming from the town well.

After a simple investigation, they discovered that a leopard had somehow managed to take a 60-foot plunge into the water. A group of them crafted a bundle of sticks that would serve as a life preserver until a rescue team could step in.

Rescuers from Wildlife SOS were quick to arrive on the scene. The team, led by veterinarian Ajay Deshmukh, decided that their best bet was to lower a crate into the well in hopes that the stranded leopard would become curious and want to check it out, allowing them to pull the jungle cat to safety. At first, our leopard friend thought the crate was an enemy, but after a while, the frightened feline figured out their rescue plan.

If it hadn’t been for these quick-thinking heroes, this precious leopard might have drowned.

For more information or to donate to the organization’s cause, click here!

This Dog Was Shot 18 Times With A BB Gun, But He Pulled Through In The Best Way

Universe, meet Brody. He’s an 8-week-old puppy from Rock Hill, South Carolina, and he’s basically the cutest.

While it’s not obvious in the image above, Brody’s life recently hung in the balance after he endured being shot 18 times with a BB gun. He was rushed to a local animal hospital when a maintenance worker at an apartment complex noticed that the dog was bleeding heavily from several open wounds.

Earlier that day, the employee saw that a fairly large group of teens had been playing with the dog. That’s what he thought at the time, at least. After seeing what Brody had been through, however, he came to the horrifying conclusion that the adolescents were taunting and abusing the animal for their own amusement.

The kind folks at Ebenezer Animal Hospital whisked Brody away to assess his condition.

Frankly, they were disgusted by what they saw. “There is no doubt that this is one of the worst acts I’ve ever seen,” Dr. Jay Hreiz explained to a local news outlet. Although the pellets fortunately didn’t cause damage to any vital organs, the dog was shaken up and terrified. He lost a lot of blood after the attack, but doctors knew that the determined little guy would pull through.

Because putting puppies under general anesthesia at such a young age is risky, vets decided to forgo removing the pellets. “He’s really young, so he has a remarkable ability to heal at his age. Brody may be able to live a healthy, normal life with all those BBs in him,” Dr. Hreiz said. He will, of course, be monitored closely over the course of his life to ensure that he’s still in good shape.

As of now, Brody is convalescing, and his wounds are healing nicely. All he has to do at this point is get plenty of rest.

Thanks to a non-profit organization called Project Safe Pet, Brody has already found a forever home! It will take him a little while to start trusting humans, but given what he’s been through, that’s totally okay.

(via Huffington Post)

A 14-year-old and a 17-year-old have been arrested in connection with the crime, and police are confident that the two will be convicted. After going through something immeasurably awful, little Brody managed to walk away with a new family that will always keep him safe, and some well-deserved justice.

This Dog Was Found Covered In Tar And Unable To Move A Muscle. Luckily Help Was Close By.

This poor dog had fallen into a pool of hot tar that completely smothered his body and had became rock-solid. The scared little thing was stuck to the ground and unable to move.

Luckily, a passer by saw him struggling and called for help. They used the help line of Animal Aid Unlimited of India who immediately came to the rescue. After 3 hours of massaging vegetable oil into the thick layer of tar, they got the dog looking like his former self.

Watch his amazing recovery in the video below.

(Source: Animal Aid Unlimited, India)

The poor thing must have been so scared. At least he got a few hours of belly rubs out of the whole ordeal.