Donna Dewhurst, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dad bids farewell to baby bird after teaching it to fly

This friendship between a dad and a bird is just too adorable.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Sep 3, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 1:13 am CDT

Meet Junior, the adorable brown bird adopted by the father of YouTube user Kenan Atmaca.

When Atmaca’s dad found the bird in his garden, he decided to take it under his wing and show it the ways of the world. That meant two weeks of snack delivery (delicious worms!) and a comfy bed in a bird box before eventually being released back into the wild.

This is definitely the sweetest video we’ve ever seen that ends with an old dude flinging a live bird into the air.

Photo via Donna Dewhurst/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (PD)

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*First Published: Sep 3, 2015, 7:58 am CDT