As humans, we're inclined to save this tiny life After all, we're talking about a baby here.
But wait. Didn't your fourth-grade teacher tell you never to touch a baby bird?
And what can you do for that errant infant anyway? Will your local animal control office respond to a call for one weak and wrinkled little bird who already appears not very long for the world?
Well, it turns out there's a lot we can do to make sure these seeming orphans get a chance at life.
Peter Helmer, a specialist in avian veterinary medicine at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, shared a few tips with The Dodo.
For one thing, consider the underrated act of not acting at all. As with many animals, mother birds will occasionally leave their babies alone while they run to do some errands. Namely, gathering food to fill those tiny mouths back in the nest.
"The animal's parents will do the best job at raising the baby compared to a wildlife rehabilitation facility or veterinarian," Helmer notes. "Unless the animal is injured, it is best to leave it alone and let nature take its course."