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This Man Thought Of A Genius Way To Rescue This Baby Bird Whose Feet Were Frozen To A Pipe

This tiny bird got its feet frozen stuck to a pipe. Whenever it would try to fly away it couldn’t. When this man saw the dilemma he thought of a genius way to rescue the sweet bird!

20. Feeding Horses

Image: Stable Management

Nelson Wilson of Caldwell was outside feeding his horses on New Years Day, just like he normally would. It was a freezing cold day in Idaho and Wilson couldn’t wait to get back inside.

19. Unusual Appearance

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As Wilson was feeding his horses, he noticed something unusual out of the corner of his eye. There, on the heated water tank, was a finch stuck to the pipe. Wilson was concerned…

18. Not Uncommon

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While feeding my horses on New Year’s morning I noticed a solitary finch perched upon the steel fence near the horse water tank. The tank is heated to keep it from freezing. It is not uncommon for birds to drink from the heated tank,” Wilson wrote on YouTube.

17. Sad Circumstances

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Apparently this unfortunate bird had gotten its feet wet and, while making its exit, had become frozen to the fence in the prevailing near zero Idaho temperatures.” Wilson immediately felt that he should figure out a way t0 save the little bird.

16. Flight Failure

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Wilson noticed that the bird was stuck when it had attempted to fly off. It couldn’t get off the pipe and it was an incredibly heartbreaking sight. That’s when Wilson made his first attempt to rescue the bird.

15. First Attempt

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Wilson’s first attempt to free the bird involved him placing his hand around the little bird’s body. He pressed his palm against the bird’s feet as well and attempted to warm it up. However, it just wasn’t working quick enough.

14. Restless

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The bird was growing restless and would continue to try and flap its wings. Wilson decided that this attempt wasn’t working as well he thought so he came up with a new plan.

13. New Plan

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First, I attempted to warm the feet of the frightened bird by pressing my palm against both the fence and the bird’s feet, while also gently restraining the bird’s flapping wings. It then seemed that warming the bird’s feet with my warm breath would bring quicker success.”

12. Blowing Air

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So Wilson continued to blow warm air from his mouth on the bird’s little feet. Little by little, Wilson began to notice that the bird’s legs were beginning to unstick.

11. Freedom

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Gentle sideways motion with my finger and thumb brought freedom for the frightened bird and a smile of satisfaction to my face… a delightful way to start a new year.” The bird was finally free to fly off and once again enjoy its life. However, Wilson isn’t the first genius to figure out that body heat can help free a bird…

10. Farmer

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A farmer was out mowing his lawn when he suddenly spotted the strangest thing. There on the grass was a strange looking hawk that wasn’t really moving. So he quickly called for help.

9. Help


So the farmer called for help and help immediately arrived. Scott Bowman and his wife, Tracy, of the Oxford Bird Rescue in New Zealand soon arrived on the farm. They were shocked by what they found…

8. Drowning


By the time we had gotten there [the hawk] had fallen down a bank and was using its wings to stay afloat in a very cold, deep stream,” Bowman wrote in a Facebook post. “Just as I managed to navigate my way down the bank it looked like it was going to slip under the water.”

7. Jumping In


Bowman quickly jumped in the water to rescue the hawk. According to Bowman, the hawk was “cold, weak and terribly underweight.” Once the hawk was rescued they got it into the car and began driving to Canterbury Raptor Rescue.

6. So Cold


As they were watching the hawk, Bowman soon realized that it was absolutely freezing. After jumping into the water to save it, the duo knew that they couldn’t let the hawk freeze to death. So Bowman thought of a plan.

5. Body Heat

Image: The Dodo

So Bowman began to hold the hawk close to his body, hoping that his body heat would help warm it up. After Bowman made this move, the hawk huddled in and began to trust Bowman even more. Bowman was blown away by the bird’s reaction.

4. Surprising Moment

Image: Facebook/South Island Wildlife Hospital

As Tracey drove us to Canterbury Raptor Rescue for Sean to do an assessment I hung onto it to try and warm it up and at that point this raptor did something I have never experienced, it totally relaxed and lay its head on my chest,” Bowman wrote on Facebook.

3. Many Interactions

Image: Facebook/Canterbury Raptor Rescue

I have handled numerous hawks over the years but I have never experienced anything like this. Was a very special moment for me and I really hope this bird survives, it deserves to be back in the skies flying free again.”

2. Cared For


The hawk is now being taken care of at the South Island Wildlife Hospital. The staff at the hospital have reported that the hawk is doing “really well.”

1. Wonderful Rescues

Image: Radio NZ

It is amazing that both of these men went out of their way to save the lives of some birds. Now these birds will continue on with their lives, knowing that they owe it all to their heroes.

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