A vetrenarian's brother was out jogging when he found a newly hatched bird laying on the ground. A diligent search for the nest proved fruitless, so he took the bird home to his brother- who also happened to be a wildlife rehabilitator- and took 36 days to raise the little bird and release it into the wild. Here is their story.
Day 2 – Aren’t baby birds cute in an ugly kind of way? We kept the chick in an incubator, carefully controlling the humidity and temperature. We decided she was a she (though we were never able to find out if it was male or female), and called her “Dumpling.” All baby birds look very similar, so we had no way to really know what kind of bird this was. We’d have to wait and see how she grew, and what her feathers looked like.
Day 33 – At this point, she was essentially releasable. However, there were some expected storms rolling in over the next few days, so we decided to keep her for a few days longer to give her the best chance.