A California man found a killdeer chick stuck in a pipe, rescued the bird and filmed its touching reunion with its parents.
Patrick Smith, 22, of Riverside, CA, was taking a smoke break at work in an empty parking lot at his office building on a Monday morning when he heard chirping.
An amateur bird watcher, Patrick headed over to where the sound was coming from and found the tiny bird stuck upside down inside a PVC pipe. He pulled the chick out and inspected it. (Scroll down for the video.)
Worn out by its efforts to get out of the pipe, the bird rested in his hand.
A rescued baby bird is returned to its parents.
Worn out by its efforts to get out of the pipe, the bird rested in his hand. The chick seemed scared at first, but it quickly got more comfortable when it heard its parents chirping nearby.
The chick’s parents were circling around Patrick and he walked away to give his rescued bird some room. He then pulled out his phone and started filming. Patrick said in the video:
His mom and dad were all freaking out, but I’m going to let him go back over there.
Patrick knew that killdeer chicks have very protective parents and they can walk. So he gently placed the bird on the ground and filmed it running across the parking lot to meet its parents, who were pacing nervously nearby. He is heard directing the little bird:
Come on, go back to your mom and dad.
A lot of chirping accompanies the reunion. The bird nestles against one of the adults as Patrick seems to get choked up by the touching sight. He is heard saying:
Wow, that was like one of the coolest things that ever happened to me.
Patrick added that he visited the birds again on his lunch break and found them doing fine. They even came within four feet of him, which is unusual. Typically, they would keep their distance from humans.
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