Firefighters Rush To Assist Tiny Victim On The Ground
Kristin Danley 9/11/2018
Firefighters possess life-saving skills people depend upon. They go through extensive training and are ready when that 911 call comes through.
But emergency workers like firefighters don't always rescue people. In fact, they've been known to offer pets oxygen while battling house fires.
Thankfully, firefighters were nearby when a poor little hummingbird collapsed on the ground. She landed in the engine bay at the Richburg Fire-Rescue in South Carolina.
The firefighters had no idea where the bird had come from, but they knew she needed help immediately. Two men laid on the ground next to her and assessed her vitals.
She was still breathing, so they started working on her right away. They weren't about to let this little life slip away on their watch, indicated T. Melton, the station's assistant chief told The Dodo.
“We mixed up a little sugar water and put it in a small cap for it to drink out of. It took some coaxing, but it finally started drinking it.”
The tiny patient was struggling, but allowed the humans to help her. As they fed her, she slowly began to regain her strength.
"It was finally able to stand on its own. We kept giving it water and it finally flew off."
The firefighters were relieved when the bird was strong enough to take off. No life is too little or inconsequential to save.
"The job is hard enough as it is, [so] being able to help something like the hummingbird and seeing it bounce back means the world to us. It was a nice feeling for everyone. You always want to help when someone needs it, regardless of it being a person or an animal. You just don't want to see anything suffer."
The fire department posted on its Facebook page that "you can teach almost anyone how to be a firefighter, a medic or just about anything imaginable. What is virtually impossible to teach is compassion."
Thank goodness the firefighters were kindhearted enough to respond to this poor little exhausted and dehydrated bird. Great job rescuers!