Rex wasn’t an easy dog to be around. The German Shepherd mix had lived his life as a feral dog on the streets, fighting for survival. Because of his rough past, he attacked other dogs and cats. You wouldn’t expect him to be friends with any animal. But just a month after his owner, Ed Gernon, rescued him, Rex decided to save a fellow creature that life had been unkind to. It was a hummingbird on the verge of death.
Rex was on a walk with Gernon when he suddenly stopped and refused to move. Gernon looked to see what had caught the dog’s attention and found a hummingbird with no feathers, covered in ants. At first he thought the bird was dead, but it was barely clinging to life. Rex was adamant that they do something, so Gernon brought the bird home and started nursing it back to health.
He fed the bird every 15 minutes, and slowly she became healthy. Gernon named her Hummer, and he helped her learn to fly again with a hair dryer. Now Hummer buzzes around the house with Rex. The two have become good friends. Gernon leaves the door and windows open, thinking that she’ll leave for mating season. But for now, she’s happy in her new home with her dog hero.
Does your dog have any unusual animal friends? Are you happy to see Rex and Hummer together in a safe home? Let us know in the comments below!