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A Woman Rescued This Abandoned Hatchling – And One Year On, Its Transformation Is Astonishing

Anjali DeSimone

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Like every other day, today was a nice calm day out with nothing much to do. Susan went about her chores like every other day, and it was all quite boring until she noticed a lone egg on the floor. The day pretty much turned around after that because she picked that egg up and to her surprise, it was moving!

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It wasn’t just the day that changed for Susan after that; it opened a whole new chapter of her life which she shared a YouTube video in June of 2015. The video told a story of how she found that special egg on the floor a year earlier.

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Somehow, that egg she found had been secluded from its original nest and its mother. Susan looked around but could not locate the origin of the egg. The egg was damaged with no nest or mother around. It had probably fallen from quite a height as the crack on the side suggested high impact.

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Susan was eager to know more, and so she picked up the lonely egg to have a closer look. She was remarkably astonished that the little chick inside had survived the damage. Somehow, that little chick was still moving.

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As she held the cracked egg, the tiny bird inside began to hatch from it! After watching that happen, Susan found herself holding a newborn baby bird who needed the attention of its mother. That tiny bird was alone in the world and so far from its home.

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The only one it had was this strange human holding it in utter astonishment. The first line of though Susan had was to take the baby bird back to its nest but how would she find that? With the present situation, only one option remained.

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At this point in the YouTube video, Susan explained that she just couldn’t bring herself to leave that newborn bird there to die. She had to offer it a chance to survive and that she did by taking it home with her.

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Susan Hickman did not seem to have any previous knowledge of raising birds, especially not newborn’s, or she would have mentioned that in the video. But her decision to adopt that bird most likely saved its life. In the video, she explained how her first step was to keep the bird warm in an emergency incubator.

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In spite of Susan’s restricted knowledge and skills, she knew people who were experienced in rehabilitating wild birds. After speaking with them, their reports were not in favor of the hatchling. It seemed the bird had a slim chance of survival outside its original nest and she was advised not to hope too much.

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Regardless of the estimated chances, Susan Hickman effused to be discouraged, and she remained intent on helping the little bird as much as possible. She was more encouraged when the hatchling was still alive the following day. She took a step further and named him Klinger.

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Within a short time of taking on the job, Susan discovered that raising Klinger was no easy task. In the video, she explained how she had to feed him frequently. For the first two weeks of his life, Klinger was faithfully fed after every thirty-minute interval on a daily basis.

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Susan noted how Klinger was quite ravenous as she narrated that he never missed one meal. Under her observation and care, Klinger quickly grew larger and fluffier. He did not take too long before he began to resemble a regular bird.

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To Susan’s delight, the bird had even begun to grow some feathers, but it would be some more time before anyone could identify Klinger’s species with one look, he was still too young and small. Even Susan would have been eager to discover what type of bird he was by that stage.

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It was most certainly an astonishing first experience for Susan Hickman to raise this little bird. Klinger seemed to be growing more every day as he consumed more food on a daily basis. One of those days as she watched him grow, Klinger opened his eyes and looked at his foster mother.

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Susan Hickman had certainly done a good job of raising this little bird, but he was growing fast and was going to be independent soon enough. He was looking more like a regular bird every day he ate. He began to learn how to eat, stand and even fly on his own. At this stage, it was clear that Klinger was a starling bird.

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Susan’s plan was to release Klinger back into the wild after he was old enough to fend for himself. Those plans had to change when she realized the bird had imprinted on her as his mother.

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Because of this, Klinger recognized and identified with human beings much more than he did with other birds. This went to say that Klinger could not learn the essential survival tactics to remain alive in his natural world as a bird. There was a fat chance that he would not last long before dying if he was released to the wild.

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The story was not all bad because lucky enough, Susan Hickman resided in a state where keeping starling birds as pets were not forbidden by the law. This meant that Klinger had a permanent home with her and he never had to lack anything.

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Now, Klinger is a very special bird receiving ample love and affection from his foster mother, Susan. His mom places a small dish on the sink drain and gives him a bath he always enjoys. Klinger loves baths and he also really loves toys. Amazingly, apart from a few distorted words, the bird never learned how actually to talk.

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Klinger will not and may never go back to the wild life. But one thing is almost certain; he would not have lived if Susan Hickman did not find and rescue him. Now the bird has a loving foster mother and a nice home, and this is but the start of his life’s story.

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The Origins of Memorial Day in America: Rooted in a History of Former Slaves and Bravery

Cynthia Brooke

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Memorial Day is widely celebrated in the United States, as a way to remember the heroism and sacrifice of those fallen American soldiers. The day has become a time of celebration and community gatherings. With parades, food, and fireworks., it’s just like July 4th. But, while we all know the origins of other American holidays (including the 4th of July), Memorial Day is still shrouded in lost and misunderstood history. The full story is not known, and it’s quite a tale! 

Who Invented Memorial Day? 

The first acknowledged Memorial Day is linked with the tragic loss of life in Charleston, South Carolina that took place toward the end of the Civil War. Hundreds of Union soldiers were left for dead at the Washington Race Course, a makeshift prisoner-of-war camp by the Confederate side. With Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s abrupt surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. The war had taken a brutal toll on both sides, but the end of the war inspired a mass exodus of Charleston by soldiers and citizens alike. Former slaves stayed behind. Inspired by patriotic fervor, they called themselves the “Patriotic Association of Colored Men.” They took it upon themselves to bring honor and dignity to the fallen soldiers left in the race-course prison in unmarked graves when the Confederate soldiers fled. 

They excavated the unmarked mass graves and then dug 257 individual graves, surrounded by a fence to ensure a place of honor and security. Once their final memorial was complete, the community turned out for “Decoration Day,” which is now recognized by many as the first Memorial Day, in 1865.  The event included the march on the race track, singing by 2,800 black school children, preaching by black ministers, and the wide-spread decoration of the graves.  It was a way to honor the soldiers, who’d been viewed as martyrs by the Patriotic Association of Colored Men. 

The Rest is History 

Tragic loss and sacrifice are at the center of virtually every version of the first Memorial Day celebrations, but the scale is important. The Decoration Day tradition was later launched in Waterloo, New York (and yes, they claim to have invented the first Memorial Day). Memorial celebrations for Confederate soldiers took place in April 1866, and then Union Major General John A. Logan declared May 5, 1868, to be Decoration Day. There are a number of conflicting reports and claims for the events and meaning of the commemorations that took place following the cessation of hostilities at the end of the Civil War. But that last event took place at  Arlington National Cemetery. The formalization of the event at Arlington, with the mass decoration of graves with flowers and flags, is part of why the 1868 event is widely considered to be the first national Memorial Day event in US History. 

Memorial Day was then set as a May 30th national holiday, and it has continued to evolve. The true history of the day is complicated by historical bias and the fickle memories of the participants, but the role of these men and women who had once been slaves is important. After all, the Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863, was just a few years old when the war ended. Former slaves signed up to become Union soldiers en masse. An estimated 25,000 soldiers fought for the Union Army, but approximately 10% of their ranks were former slaves. They fought bravely and with distinction. In fact, 16 black soldiers were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their heroism in battle. It’s about time that we recognized the hidden stories that have for so long gone untold. 

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You Will Not Believe These Classic Era Celebrities Who are Still Rocking Their Golden Years

Anjali DeSimone

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Past and Present

Have you ever watched a classic movie from Hollywood’s Golden Era and wondered where are they now, or just assumed that they were not here? Read on to see some of the biggest stars from days gone by who are ruing their own world in the new millennium.

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Brave Babysitter Steps Up, Saves Child From Dangerous Burglar

Brooke Hurbert

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Making the decision to hand your child over to a babysitter can be a hard one. Every parent has that nagging thought that runs through their head, “What if something goes wrong?”. Jonathan Lai and his wife called on Jenna Lee Baker in order to watch their three-year-old son for an afternoon. What seemed like a regular afternoon soon turned into a nightmare situation. Keep on reading to find out how Jenny turned into a modern-day superhero!

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Jonathan Lai and his family are based out of Irvine, CA. As a tightly-knit family, Irvine has plenty to offer. The metropolitan area is located in Orange County, CA. The area is known for being home to some truly amazing local attractions. In fact, Irvine is considered one of the best cities to live in the entire United States, at least according to Business Insider and WalletHub! Still, that doesn’t mean that tragedy cannot strike!

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