|This was the little bird when we first saw him. He was not doing well and was very much stunned.|
|Here is my mother-in-law feeding him from the syringe. We were able to see his long tongue as he ate. As concerned as we were it was also so cool to see a hummingbird up close and still.|
|He was so pretty. The kids guessed that he was a ruby throated hummingbird because he had a tiny red patch under his throat. Because of this, they also guessed that he was a male.|
|Due to his tiny size, my oldest son decided he must be a juvenile and not fully grown.|
Our plans for the afternoon (to go the movies with friends) were derailed with this little guy. We called a local non-profit animal rescue center called the ARK. They said they couldn't send anyone out to our house to pick him up but that we could deliver him (45 minutes away). Well that was a no brainer - road trip!!!! The little hummingbird stayed in my mother-n-law's hand all the way there while she continued to feed him with the syringe. The kids made several references to how they were on a real life animal rescue. :)
|Here is our little guy at the ARK in the hospital building.|
From this point, we said good bye and then visited some of the other patients. Oh, and yes, the woman at the ARK confirmed that he was a juvenile, male, ruby throated hummingbird (proud momma moment right there). :)
It was an extra special day. I don't think they will be forgetting any time soon. After all, they saved a life today. :)
P.S. We also lost a life - "George" my youngest son's whale shark stuffed animal which he got at the Georgia Aquarium this summer. Apparently, while we were in the backyard with the hummingbird, the dogs entertained themselves by removing George's eyes.
|"George" may he rest in peace|
So, in the middle of the bird emergency I was also dealing with this tradegy and an overly upset 7 year old. I will be placing a call tomorrow to the Georgia Aquarium and having a new one delivered....
I really should not ask for excitement - ever- again.... P.S.S. Update on George. Just a few minutes after I posted this, my mom stopped by. With her magical touch she will be able to fix both eyes and now George will also be a rescue. :)