A ruby-throated hummingbird was clinging to life on the floor of a truck engine bay at a St. Louis area fire department — until the bird was found by one of the firefighters.
The Maryland Heights, Missouri, Fire Protection District shared on its Facebook page Tuesday photos capturing the hummingbird's rescue.
The fire department said the bird was unresponsive when he was found.
The hummingbird appeared to be an adult male. The Missouri Department of Conservation says male hummingbirds typically have "metallic green upper parts and a red throat that flashes ruby red in the light."
Photos show the firefighter, Dave Schurwan, holding the bird with one hand and using the other to feed the bird sugar water, using a syringe larger than the bird itself.
Several commenters under the post called the firefighter's action "sweet." Others describe Schurwan as a "hero." The post has been shared more than 100 times.
Not long after Schurwan came to the hummingbird's aid, it was off.
"Dave used a syringe filled with sugar water to coax the bird to drink until it became more alert and flew out of his palm," the fire department said on Facebook.