One day while Susan Hickman was out walking, she saw a cracked eggshell on the ground. She almost kept walking, but for some reason, she decided to see if there was anything inside…
Soon a baby starling emerged from the shell. The chick didn’t have feathers to cover its body and its eyes were closed. Susan looked around to see if there was a nest nearby but couldn’t find one. She knew the hatchling wouldn’t survive on its own and decided to try and save it. She named him Klinger.
But taking care of a baby bird isn’t easy. For the first two weeks, Susan had to feed Klinger every 20-30 minutes from sunrise to sunset.
Susan used a small medicine dropper to feed Klinger.
Somehow, he survived the first day…
… And the next day, too.
He opened his eyes and got feathers…
… And grew into a large bird.
By now, Klinger was like family.
Then, when Klinger was big enough, Susan decided it was time to release him back into the wild.
But she also realized that Klinger was domesticated now. He was completely unprepared for life in the wild and wouldn’t survive on his own.
So Susan decide Klinger simply had to stay with her. And Klinger seems quite happy with that decision.
How fortunate that Susan spotted Klinger and was able to save him! See Susan and Klinger’s story below.
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