The things life throws our way can be quite interesting sometimes. This is the story of an imgur user and how they helped hand raise a freshly-hatched songbird they named ‘Dumpling’. Their brother had been out jogging one morning, and found this baby bird on the sidewalk. Unable to locate the nest nearby, he took it home and their adventure began.

**NOTE** If you find a bird this young, it is best to try to locate the nest and put it back in. There is a myth that you can’t touch a baby bird, because the parents will reject it due to the smell of humans. Please don’t try this at home. This is not meant as a guide, but more to show you the amazing development and growth of songbirds. Wildlife rehabilitation should only be carried out by those licensed to do so.

Day 1
The bird arrives safe and sound and is kept warm in an incubator, carefully controlling the humidity and temperature.
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Day 3
‘Dumpling’ as she is being called eats, and eats, and eats! She’s fed crickets, mealworms, waxworms, insects, and a commercially available liquid formula for chicks. They fed Dumpling every 30 minutes for 14 hours a day, which is what she would get in the wild.
day3