On June 16, 2014, Susan Hickman found a cracked bird egg lying on the ground. Curiosity got the better of her, and she picked it up only to find a surprise in store for her. Inside the egg was a small baby Starlet, still alive, and barely clinging to life.

Since Susan didn’t know where the egg came from, she had no way of returning it to its nest. She decided to give the little birdie a chance and raise him herself. Even though experienced bird rehabbers warned her that the bird had little chance of surviving, she felt like she had to at least try.

 

 

She named the bird Klinger and placed him in a makeshift incubator. She then began feeding him cat food mixed with applesauce, hard-boiled egg, and avian vitamins. For two weeks, she fed him every 20-30 minutes, and he never missed a meal.

Klinger slowly began putting on weight and started getting fuzzier. His feathers started growing too. Before they knew it, he grew into a beautiful bird with a body full of feathers. He is, for all intents and purposes, a domestic bird now, as he has no training on how to be a wild bird.

 

 

Klinger loves taking baths and playing with his toys. He’s even learning how to speak! Susan posted this video on his first birthday to celebrate his life so far.

Click the video below to watch Klinger’s amazing journey from struggling to survive to being a healthy one-year-old Starling!