Saturday, April 2, 2011

Orphan hummingbird being raised by surrogate

Here is little Hope, who was rescued after her nest was destroyed and her mother abandoned her. She has been taken in by Emma, who has 2 chicks of her own. This is groundbreaking; hummingbirds never have 3 young. But Emma is feeding her along with her own two, and she seems to be thriving. It is only a few days since she was rescued and has already grown a lot (as you can see in the first photograph, in the hand of her rescuer). The hosts of Emma's nest are working with a rehabber, who is keeping an eye on Hope. They also installed a tarp over the nest to keep everyone dry, and a blanket is ready underneath in case Hope should fall out. They deserve a huge vote of thanks for all their efforts.

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