The Unlikely Story of a Rescue Dog Who Helps His Owner Nurse Baby Hummingbirds Back to Health

A touching story of kindness and perseverance unfolds in a tiny town’s countryside. A rescue dog called Mowgli and a brood of delicate young hummingbirds form an unlikely connection. In a world of indifference, their narrative shows the power of empathy and one person’s kindness. This story explores Mowgli, the rescue dog, and his quest to save newborn hummingbirds.

A Dog’s Second Chance

black and tan yorkshire terrier puppy on ground during daytime

Mowgli was a small mixed breed puppy who had been found malnourished and hours from death on the streets by a kind stranger.  This stranger brought Mowgli to an animal shelter where he was nursed back to health. A benevolent man named Ramad saved Mowgli from a shelter because he sensed love and friendship in this adorable puppy. What Will Rogers said resonated with Mowgli’s new owner: 

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”

Choosing Mowgli was about giving a dog a second chance and giving him a chance to show his love and compassion in a manner that would change many lives.  Bringing Mowgli home proved to be a blessing for both dog and owner.  Ramad had been very lonely since the death of his wife, and stuggled to find companionship.  Mowgli not only provided love and companionship for his new owner, but also to the other animals that Ramad had taken into his home.

A Hummingbird Haven

green and brown humming bird

Besides a rescue dog, Mowgli’s new house became a shelter for many animals. Ramad, his owner, loved animals and often took in hurt and abandoned ones.  This included a pair of baby Hummingbirds.  Hummingbirds often raised their young in the gardens and open places near Raman’s home.  He had developed a keen appreciation and respect for the birds over the years, as he enjoyed their songs and watching them feed from a feeder he had placed on his porch.

Ramad lived by the words of Anatole France: 

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

It was with this awakened spirit that the owner found himself caring for a pair of delicate hummingbirds.

A Remarkable Discovery

Mowgli’s owner discovered something amazing while tending to his plants and vegetables in the garden. Ramad discovered a hummingbird nest. Inside the nest, he discovered a pair of weak, motherless hummingbird chicks. Hummingbird chicks need regular attention and nutrition, thus the situation was terrible.  Ramad knew the birds would die without his intervention.  In a strange way, he felt that Mowgli knew this too.

Facing the gravity of the situation, Ramad knew he could not turn his back on the birds. He remembered the words of Albert Schweitzer: 

“The thinking that we are doing something for others leads to happiness and contentment.”

It was with this mindset that she embarked on a journey to nurture the baby hummingbirds back to health, with Mowgli as his loyal and devoted assistant.

Mowgli’s Unwavering Support

two hummingbirds under purple flower

Over the next several weeks, Mowgli the rescue dog stood watch as his owner cared for the newborn hummingbirds. His gentleness and paternal personality felt perfect for the part. Dog, guardian, protector, and caretaker, Mowgli was all of these.  Even during the times when Ramad was not caring for the baby birds, Mowgli stood watch, constantly hovering over the small cage where the baby hummingbirds were recovering, never leaving their side.

The rescue dog showed that people and animals connect across species. Like Einstein remarked, 

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

Mowgli embraced this circle of compassion, enveloping the fragile baby hummingbirds in his warmth and protection.

A Delicate Balancing Act


Hummingbird babies are difficult to care for. They have complex requirements and a strict regimen. It entails feeding them a particular nectar combination often, keeping them warm, and mimicking their natural surroundings.  Ramad showed his commitment to caring for these birds, and Mowgli too demonstrated unwavering dedication to spending time  side by side with the birds and his owner during this crucial time.  It was difficult, as the birds had to be fed in the middle of the night as well as during the daylight hours.

The difficulty was clear to Mowgli’s owner. Eleanor Roosevelt’s comments echoed his unshakeable determination: 

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”

Ramad faced the fear of failure, but he persisted.  He did not want the hummingbirds to die on his watch. He was motivated by love, compassion, and a strong desire to care for these sensitive animals.  The joy that he felt as he watched the birds gain strength was undeniable. It was true that the dog Mowgli sensed this determination and joy, and was determined to help support his new owner in this endeavor, taking the mission on as his own.

A Heartwarming Friendship

person holding brown and black short coated dog

Mowgli formed a sweet bond with the young hummingbirds over weeks. He kept an eye out for them, comforting and protecting them. The words of Aesop can best sum this up: 


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”


Ramad marveled at the interplay of care and compassion that unfolded in front of his eyes. The rescue dog and the baby hummingbirds seemed to have formed an inseparable bond despite the vast differences in their species.

Growing Stronger, Together

Under the care of Mowgli and his owner, the baby hummingbirds began to grow stronger. Their once-fragile wings gained strength, and their tiny bodies filled out. The combination of meticulous care and Mowgli’s companionship worked wonders. It was a testament to the words of Charles Darwin: 


“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most responsive to change.”


Mowgli responded to the needs of the baby hummingbirds with profound sensitivity and adaptability, helping them thrive.

The Release

a hummingbird flying in the air with its wings spread

As the baby hummingbirds continued to grow, the day of their release approached. It was a moment filled with mixed emotions for Mowgli’s owner. He had watched over these fragile creatures, nurturing them back to health, and the bond formed between him, Mowgli, and the baby hummingbirds was a testament to the words of Gandhi: 


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”


It was with a sense of accomplishment and a touch of sadness that Ramad and Mowgli watched the baby hummingbirds take their first flights, with Mowgli observing from below.

The Legacy of Compassion

Mowgli’s story and the rescue and care of the baby hummingbirds serve as a powerful reminder of the boundless capacity for compassion that resides within individuals. It underscores the potential for change and the impact of one person’s love and care on the lives of others.


In the words of Jane Goodall: 


“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”


Mowgli, the rescue dog, and his owner chose to make a difference by opening their hearts and their home to these fragile creatures. Their story is a call to action, encouraging all individuals to embrace the opportunities to show kindness and compassion to the world around them.


The heartwarming tale of Mowgli, the rescue dog, and the baby hummingbirds is a narrative of compassion, care, and unexpected friendships. It emphasizes the profound impact of empathy and the enduring bonds that can form between individuals, regardless of their species.


Mowgli, with his gentle nature and unwavering support, embodies the spirit of compassion. His owner, driven by love and a deep connection to nature, exemplifies the power of care and nurturing. Their story serves as an enduring testament to the potential for positive change that resides within each individual and the transformative impact of kindness.


In the end, their journey with the baby hummingbirds is a powerful example of the harmonious and interconnected relationship between humans and the natural world, where compassion knows no boundaries and where love and care can make a lasting difference.

Rachel Hillman, content writer
Rachel Hillman

Rachel Hillman is a freelance story writer from Philadelphia who specializes in stories about our furry friends that make a difference in our lives.  She is a blogger, foodie, and dog lover.

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