In a situation that reminds us of our favorite scene in A Christmas Story, Nelson Miller found a little bird with it’s feet frozen to a metal fence. The little fella must have been drinking from the heated tank and got a little wet before landing on the freezing fence:
“First, I attempted to warm the feet of the frightened bird by pressing my palm against both the fence and the birds feet, while also gently retraining the bird’s flapping wings,” Miller said. “It then seemed that warming the bird’s feet with my warm breath would bring quicker success.” Miller was correct and within a matter of seconds, the bird was freed and flew away. “Gentle sideways motion with my thumb brought freedom for the frightened bird and a smile of satisfaction on my face… a delightful way to start a new year,” Miller stated.
Cheers to Mr. Miller for taking the time and care to make sure that a life in distress was saved.
As we enter the coldest months of the year, it might be a good time to put up a PSA about letting wet things touch freezing metal.