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Firefighter saves tiny hummingbird, warms hearts

Watch: Firefighter Saves Tiny Hummingbird

SEATTLE - Firefighters perform lifesaving acts as part of their job. But one local firefighter went above and beyond the call of duty for one tiny little creature.

Andy Reilly says he was headed out from the firehouse on a call early Tuesday morning.

"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 hummingbird."

Reilly says the little bird moved when he touched it but it seemed otherwise completely stunned.

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

So when he arrived back from the call he says 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."

So Reilly says he put the bird on the dash of his pickup truck with the door open since that 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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Jeannine August 27 2014 at 12:10 PM

Above and beyond, Mr. Reilly! Wonderful to see that your instinct to save lives extends to even the smallest of animals! Stay safe!

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alspoolhall August 27 2014 at 12:57 PM

Hummingbirds are amazing. We watched one outside the kitchen door, mid-air tasting the nectar of the flowers. I'd never seen one before, let alone up close and personal! Thanks Firefighter Reilly, good job.

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Bernie August 27 2014 at 1:39 PM

All life is precious… kudos Mr Reilly to your selfless concern. You truly do have a warm, caring heart and soul…
God Bless You

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Linda August 27 2014 at 2:12 PM

JOB WELL DONE MR. REILLY!!!!!! Even the smallest creatures on this planet count and what he did was really neat in saving that little hummingbird.

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Whad Up Girl! August 27 2014 at 1:40 PM

Thank you Mr. Reilly for taking care of God's smallest creature!

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Bluedane August 27 2014 at 12:50 PM

God bless you sir!

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roger702 August 27 2014 at 1:19 PM

have hummingbird feeder in large window, one part can upon window but has screen so cat cannot interfeer, saw hummingford stationary looking through screen with cat six inches from him. both lookking at each other. what a view roger

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Judith August 27 2014 at 1:42 PM

Thank you, Mr. Reilly! Yep, that's what firefighters do beautifully - save lives, no matter how big or how little, no matter what species, they're there to help. I should know - I was married to a firefighter/paramedic (as they were called back then) for 15+ years. He was lousy as a husband but great at his job and for that he has my utmost respect.

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hipcat442 August 27 2014 at 4:13 PM

Thank you !

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daxcess2 August 27 2014 at 1:35 PM

Nice. Good deed.

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