s this New Year's Day dawned, one little Idaho-based finch stood frozen in fear.
Then, a miracle walked her way...
Local animal lover, Nelson Wilson, was out feeding his horses when he noticed the little finch perched on a steel fence near the water tank.
He wrote on YouTube, “The tank is heated to keep it from freezing. It is not uncommon for birds to drink from the heated tank. 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.”
Frozen to the fence and clearly frightened, this little bird needed a hero.
Wilson immediately devoted his efforts toward freeing this innocent creature from the fence.
“First,” he wrote, “I attempted to warm the feet of the frightened bird by pressing my palm against both the fence and the birds feet, while also gently restraining the bird’s flapping wings.”
Try as they might, though, his hands alone just couldn’t free the frozen bird.
He needed something warmer. He needed...his breath!
He explained, “It then seemed that warming the birds feet with my warm breath would bring quicker success.”
With a gentle wiggle from side to side, the finch's little feet finally came free.
In less than two minutes, Wilson had saved this little finch's life.
Not a bad way to start the new year!
Check out this full video of Wilson's finch rescue.
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