January 18, 2021
Rescued hummingbird makes one small step for a better year
RANCHO MIRAGE – (INT) – A hummingbird — a purple-hued Costa — is getting special treatment after falling into a backyard swimming pool.

Suffering from an injured wing and barely moving, the creature was rescued by Chris Johnson, a real estate agent, who hand-fed him. “He just gulped it down. But he was very docile.”

“The bird is super people friendly,” said Emily Vialpando, a registered veterinary technician at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus. “Although we believe it has a partially injured wing, it was able to hop on my finger without any trepidation.”

Animal Services Director Julie Bank said she and her team expressed hope that the hummingbird’s survival might present some hope for 2021. “We have all suffered through a very tough 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic,” Bank said. “This bird’s rescue is such an uplifting story for all us. Maybe we can look at this tiny creature’s survival as one small step toward a better year — something we all need.”
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