Screengrab via Nelson Wilson/YouTube

Watch this hero unfreeze a bird with only the warmth of his breath

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Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Jan 8, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 6:04 am CDT

In what could have been a scene from a Disney movie, an Idaho man recently rescued a bird whose feet was frozen to a metal pole by unsticking it with his warm breath.

Watch the video, and listen closely to the end when you can almost hear the finch tweet out its thanks while flying away.  

As the hero, Nelson Wilson, explained on YouTube

While feeding my horses on New Year’s morning I noticed a solitary finch perched upon the steel fence near the water tank. The tank is heated to keep it from freezing. It is not uncommon for birds to drink from the heated tank. Apparently this unfortunate bird had gotten its feet wet and, while making its exit, had become frozen to the fence in the prevailing near zero Idaho temperatures. First, I attempted to warm the feet of the frightened bird by pressing my palm against both the fence and the bird’s feet, while also gently restraining the bird’s flapping wings. It then seemed that warming the bird’s feet with my warm breath would bring quicker success. Gentle sideways motion with my thumb brought freedom for the frightened bird and a smile of satisfaction to my face… a delightful way to start a new year.

Unfortunately, the bird never learned the single most important lesson of A Christmas Story: Never place a wet body part on a frozen pole. Fortunately, the bird found a kind-hearted soul in Wilson who rescued it from what could have been a lifetime of just standing around on a metal pole in the middle of Idaho, freezing its ass with the inability to fly anywhere more exciting.

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*First Published: Jan 8, 2017, 12:59 pm CST