Watch: Firefighter saves the tiniest of patients, nurses back to health

Posted at 2:08 PM, Aug 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-26 16:08:57-04

SEATTLE – A Washington firefighter went above and beyond the call of duty, saving the tiniest of creatures.

KCPQ reported firefighter Andy Reilly was on his way out on a fire call Tuesday when something caught his eye on the floor.

“I saw something on the floor that I first thought was a giant moth,” he wrote on Facebook.  “On closer inspection it turned out to be a humming bird.”

Reilly told KCPQ the little bird moved when he touched it but it seemed otherwise completely stunned. hummingbird seattle

“The doors of the bay had been closed for hours,” he said.  “It must have gotten exhausted flying around inside.”

According to KCPQ, when he arrived back from the call he said he made a little nest out of a clean rag and he attempted to feed it some sugar water without much luck.

“I took it home this morning and picked up some hummingbird food on the way,” he wrote.  “I’d read on the internet that if they get that tired and cold they will almost hibernate.”

Reilly told KCPQ he put the bird on the dash of his pickup truck because the spot was already warm from the sun.

“After about 10 minutes of being in the sun it started breathing normally and waking up,” he wrote. “ I fed it some food from a dropper.”

After three little feedings over 15 minutes the little guy suddenly flew to the top of the door jam.

“I kept feeding it every few minutes and it would sleep in between,” wrote Reilly.  “Finally it flew off into the apple tree, and then to parts unknown.”

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