A very special journal.

A jogger finds a baby bird. He has just fallen from the nest and the remains of his egg shell are still clinging to him. His chance of survival is practically nonexistent. The jogger attempts to put the bird back into his nest, but cannot find it. Luckily, the jogger’s brother is a vet. What happens next provides us with a breathtaking look into something that occurs every day in nature, but is rarely observed: the daily developments of a baby bird.

WARNING: The following actions were performed by an experienced and qualified person. If you ever find a bird and cannot locate the nest, please call for professional help.

Day 1.

This is what a baby bird looks like directly after birth. No one can determine what kind of bird it is yet.

Day 2.

It’s somehow cute, this little fur ball. It’s placed into an incubator, which is set to the correct temperature and moisture to keep him warm. The bird is named “Duckling.”

Day 3.

For 14 hours a day, the baby must be fed every 30 minutes. Worms, crickets, and a special formula are on the menu.

Day 4.

After just 4 days, you can begin to see feathers. It’s truly astounding how fast an animal develops. His instincts already function well, as the baby bird has already begun to relieve himself on the edge of his “nest,” just like in nature.

Day 5.

Just one day later, the baby bird's feathers are showing even more, and he is able to assume other positions.

Day 6.

His feathers are still encased in a protective covering.

Day 7.

But just the next day, at one week old, these coverings fall off.

Day 8.

The baby continues to grow. He is fed 3 crickets and a few worms at every meal and appears to have a proper appetite.

Day 9.

Now he can be taken out of the incubator with a full and robust plumage.