Cold feet! Heartwarming moment driver pulls over and frees stuck bird after its claws get frozen to the road
- Sandy Doucette, 38, spotted bird when driving on Prince Edward Island, Canada
- He noticed it had failed to take off with the flock and went to inspect the creature
- Mr Doucette said he felt compelled to free the animal as it could have been killed
A kind-hearted man has captured the moment he helped free a bird that was completely frozen to the ground.
Sandy Doucette, 38, was driving near his home earlier this month on Prince Edward Island, Canada, when he saw a flock of birds fly up into the air.
On closer inspection however, he noticed that one of the birds failed to take off and was stuck to the snowy road surface.
Mr Doucette approached the bird and began to slowly dig around its feet.
Sandy Doucette, 38, rubbed the snow away from around the bird’s legs until it became free and was able to fly off
Once the snow was cleared and he could see the bird’s feet were frozen to the road, Mr Doucette began delicately pushing the ice around the bird’s feet, hoping to break it free.
Eventually, the bird’s feet came loose, and it flew off into the distance.
The bird likely became stuck after freezing rain and snow hit the island earlier this month.
Sandy said: ‘I just thought this bird could use some help – it seemed like a bad way to die, as it would have if it was left there.
‘I live in the country with lots of foxes, eagles, coyotes and ruthless crows that could or would have eaten it.
Mr Doucette was driving near his home earlier this month on Prince Edward Island, Canada, when he saw the stricken bird
‘Any car driving by would have run over it, and especially the snowplow, which wasn’t far away. It could have also frozen to death.
‘It felt really great and was awesome to help an animal in distress, especially when it wasn’t hurt. ‘Hopefully it rejoined its friends.
Mr Doucette wants to urge everyone to try and be more caring towards nature, noting that it only takes a little bit of time to offer help.
‘It took less than a minute for me to do this and it made a big difference,’ he added.
‘Sometimes it doesn’t look like someone or something is in peril, but it just takes a few mins to check in or check on someone or something. Always keep an eye out.’