Hummingbird rescued from floral bouquet; released into wild

VANCOUVER — It was a special delivery for a Victoria woman last month, in her Easter floral bouquet.

On April 2, Nancy Packard found a hummingbird in her flowers. The little fledgling had travelled all the way from Courtenay to Victoria in a refrigerated truck.

“I brought it into the house and heard this buzzing sound and there was the hummingbird,” Packard told Global News. 

She waited for the bird to warm up, hoping it would be strong enough to fly. “It warmed up and just sat there; it wouldn’t eat or anything.”

So Packard called in for extra help. She contacted Wild Arc, a wild animal rehabilitation centre run by the S.P.C.A.

For the past month, the bird has been recuperating and learning how to fly at Wild Arc. Today, Packard did the honours as she released the bird back into the wild.

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“The little guy did so well, so well, thanks to Wild Arc,” says Packard. “It was all wonderful, all good, a happy ending.”

Correction: A previous version of this story contained incorrect information. The bird had travelled from Courtenay to Victoria.

–With files from Kylie Stanton

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