A Norway man knew something wasn’t right when he heard scratching on his roof.
Thanks to that intuition, he ended up likely saving the life of an adorable little bird.
The man had been driving for about 30 miles before he decided to pull over a after hearing scratching noises on his roof.
To his surprise, he found a helpless bird wedged between his roof and his rooftop cargo box.
His immediate response was to get the bird out and video the bird’s rescue.
But the spot where the bird was stuck was narrow and hard to navigate.
He quickly came up with a clever solution.
He grabbed a piece of cardboard and flattened it out.
The man then wedged it under the roof and tried to scoop up the bird onto the piece of cardboard.
He was successful and able to slide the cardboard back out with the bird on it.
The bird was tiny, much smaller than the man’s hand.
But he was a gorgeous bird, his body white with some black speckles, orange claws, a pointy thief, and a beige colored head.
“Poor thing, I hope he’s okay,” the man can be heard saying off-camera.
The bird was OK but frightened and visibly shaken up, in addition, to being cold from the 34 °F weather.
The man gently stroked the bird to comfort him.
And the bird seemed pretty cool with that.
The man eventually brought the poor bird inside the car to warm him up.
The man turned the heat on in the car and even wrapped the tiny bird in a part of his sweatshirt just to dry and warm him.
The bird seemed like he was nice and cozy and relieved to be comforted. After about 10 minutes, he was fine and back to his adorable birdy self.
He seemed all ready to fly away. So, the man opened the door to his car.
But it seems that the bird wasn’t quite ready to leave.
Though he was perfectly free to go, he hung out on the window for a bit. It took him a few tries, but he eventually flew away. And he was free and healthy at last.
If you come across a bird in distress it’s important to make sure they actually need help. You should aid a bird if they:
- are not moving
- don’t fly away when approached
- are easily picked up
- have extremely fluffed feathers
- have closed, squinted, crusty, weepy, swollen, or bleeding eyes
- have evidence of blood or wounds
- have an obvious injured limb or wing
- try to fly but are unable to
The New York Audubon suggests putting an injured bird into a cardboard box with a lid (with breathing holes) or towel on the top.
Place the box in a cool place where the bird can calmly rest.
Birds will often die of shock, so they need to have time to regain their senses after an injury.
Open the box every 15 minutes or so and open the lid to see if it will fly away.
It’s best not to force-feed them or give them water.
If they won’t fly away after a few hours, you should reach out to a local wildlife rehabilitator. Check out this adorable bird’s rescue in the video below.
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