Injured baby blackbird dropped on pavement by magpie recovering after couple gave it life saving tweetment

A black baby bird is on the mend after it was dropped on a pavement by a magpie in Tyldsley and a concerned couple gave it a life-saving tweet.

Anne Thompson, an electrical fitter, was walking in Tyldsley when she said a magpie flew out in front of her, startled and dropped the little chick she was holding in its beak onto the pavement in front of her.

Concerned, Anne noticed the tiny little songbird was barely feathered and had an injured head, so she picked it up off the sidewalk and held it for half a mile as she walked home to her address, where she lives with husband Donald, who works there renewable energy.


The couple snuggled the little guy, who they say was semi-conscious, into a sandwich box full of tissues and were able to give him some water. The next step was to take him to a small volunteer bird sanctuary, Every Feather and Wildlife Rescue, in Bolton.

Donald said, “It’s a cruel world out there. I just hope he survives.”

The ailing bird is now on the mend

Luckily, the staff at Every Feather and Wildlife Rescue, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary since it opened this year, say the little bird is healing and catching on. Owner Stephanie Williams, 44, lovingly takes care of the feathered friend.

She said: “He’s doing really well. His little eye was swollen, but it’s getting better. His feathers are coming through and he looks more like a bird. We’re going to keep him with us for a few months and teach him how to find his own food before releasing him into the wild.”

A delighted Donald says, “I don’t know what would have become of this little bird if it weren’t for this charity. We are very happy about their support.”

Stephanie says the baby bird hasn’t been named yet, but she’d welcome any suggestions. To see what they are doing at the rescue center, click here.

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