Video: Woman Raises an Abandoned Starling Egg Into an Adult Bird

March 2, 2016 Updated: March 2, 2016

A woman, Susan Hickman, saw a bird’s egg lying on the ground about a year ago. The egg was cracked, and she noticed that a starling hatchling was emerging from it. But according to this video below, there was no mother in sight, so she became the bird’s mother.

“I could not, would not just leave it there to die,” she said of the bird, which she named Klinger. She incubated it and fed it until it got bigger.

Eventually, she taught the bird how to bathe, and it “takes several a day.”

However, Hickman realized it would not be possible to release Klinger into the wild as he was raised as an “only bird” since he was hatched. “There are also many skills that are necessary for survival that parent birds teach their young that I was unable to do,” she said.