A Good Samaritan spotted a fluffy ball of cotton laying on the ground next to a tree while strolling around Brighton, Australia.
When the onlooker got close to the ball, he was shocked to realize that it had legs and a face.
He was a tawny frogmouth chick, not at all like a cotton ball.
Putting the pieces together, the Good Samaritan realized the baby must have blown out of a nearby tree. When a search for the family proved fruitless, the rescuer decided to take the little bird to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
“The rescuer was not able to locate his parents or nest, so they brought him to us,” a representative from the sanctuary told The Dodo.
Safe at the sanctuary, the bird, later named Pod, was fed and measured on a small scale.
Later, the sanctuary uploaded pictures of Pod to Facebook along with the caption, “Can you guess what this adorable fluff ball is?”
Due to their huge heads, nocturnal habits, and brown coloring, Tawny Frogmouths, endemic to Australia and Tasmania, are sometimes mistaken for owls. The birds may easily blend in among the tree branches where they reside because to their mottled hazel hue.
The Australian Museum states that frogmouth parents construct their nests from loose stacks of sticks and that once their young are born, they alternate sitting on the nest to keep the eggs warm.
Pod will live at the sanctuary until he’s big enough to thrive on his own, at which point he will be safely released back into the wild.
Though his story began in a rocky place, thanks to the quick thinking of a Good Samaritan, Pod will soon be back in the trees, where he belongs.