While on a stroll, Susan Hickman’s attention was drawn to an unexpected discovery – a cracked eggshell lying on the ground.
What started as a curious encounter became a life-changing moment for Susan and the tiny bird that emerged from the shattered shell.
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Inside the fragile remnants of the eggshell, Susan found a newborn starling, its eyes closed and its body devoid of feathers.
Despite her efforts to locate a nearby nest, Susan realized that the chick needed immediate help to survive. Determined to make a difference, she embarked on a journey to rescue and care for the delicate creature.
Faced with challenging odds, Susan named the featherless bird Klinger and brought him into her home. Despite warnings from experienced bird rescuers that Klinger’s chances were slim, Susan’s determination remained unwavering.
In those initial days, Klinger’s survival depended on constant care – he needed to be fed every 20 to 30 minutes. Susan ingeniously crafted an incubator for the tiny bird and dedicated herself to ensuring his well-being.
Susan’s relentless efforts paid off as Klinger survived his first night and continued to thrive. With each passing day, the resilient bird grew feathers and gained strength.
With time, Klinger opened his eyes, marking a turning point in his journey. He flourished, gradually becoming self-sufficient and mastering the art of flight.
Throughout this transformation, Klinger became inseparable from Susan’s life, bringing immense joy and companionship.
Initially intended for release into the wild, Klinger’s unique upbringing presented a different reality. His close bond with humans made it clear that he lacked the essential skills for survival in his natural habitat.
As a result, Klinger found his forever home with Susan, embracing a life that may differ from that of a typical starling yet brimming with contentment and fulfillment.
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