WATCH: Bird rescued by firefighter is nursed back to health by Kildare family

Heartwarming story

WATCH: Bird rescued from fire is brought back to life by Kildare family

Little April

The story of the baby bird April captured the hearts of so many people on social media this week as well as TV viewers.

The RTE cameras popped down to Naas yesterday Thursday, May 27 to get a glimpse of the friendly little blackbird who has brought huge joy to the Edmonds family.

“She is brilliant. We didn't think she'd survive,” said firefighter John Edmonds who explained how the story began when he was called out to a fire near Prosperous on April 25.

“It was a hedge fire which had destroyed some nests and the chicks were too young to escape. There were two or three dead birds, her siblings, and I looked down into the bush underneath where the shells had fallen and there was April. Her tail was completely burnt off and she was all black. I couldn't leave her there. I just couldn't.”

John didn't think she would make it through the night when he brought her home to his house in Naas but the Edmonds family nursed the little chick back to health.

See full story in next Tuesday's Leinster Leader. 

Check out the RTE video by clicking here

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.