Never let it be said that hummingbird, canine, and man cannot live side-by-side in peace and harmony. Because Ed Gernon from Whittier, Alaska has shown that just because one of you is human, one of you has four legs, and the other two wings doesn't mean you can't be the best of friends.
Gernon had recently adopted a German shepherd mix called Rex, but Rex was a bit of a wild one, attacking other dogs, killing cats, that kind of thing. “He was dangerous,” Gernon told CBSLA.com. “He was an animal that had learned to live on the streets and to survive on his own hunting ability, I guess.”
Still, we can all change, even feral dogs. A month later Rex chanced upon a hummingbird lying motionless on the floor, covered in ants and with missing feathers. Gernon thought it was dead but Rex refused to leave its side. It seems Rex had took a shining to the poor bird and so Gernon decided to adopt it.
Over the course of the next year him and Rex nursed the little gal back to health. Calling the bird Hummer Gernon fed her a special formula every 15 minutes all day, every day, and even taught her how to fly using a hair dryer.
Rex has helped too, sharing his water bowl with Hummer who is has now fully recovered. She's recovered so well that Gernon thinks she'll soon be heading back to the wild.
“It’s time for her to start mating and I keep leaving the doors and windows open thinking she’ll leave,” Gernon said. “I rescue this dog. He rescues the bird. The bird rescues all of us in a weird sense and it’s just a miracle."
Disney couldn't have written it better. Gernon has his own YouTube page where he posts videos of Hummer being adorable if you want more, check them out here.